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Is it gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Approximately 1 in 7 people suffer from heartburn at least once a week. Do you know this feeling? It’s the burning feeling in the upper abdomen or behind the breastbone. Normally, the stomach is sealed by a sphincter. Heartburn is a sign that this closure is not working properly.

If you have heartburn less than once a week with no further afflictions, it is usually harmless; avoiding the consumption of too much fatty and sugary food/drinks, comfortable clothes, stress reduction and quitting smoking can be helpful.

If you have heartburn more than 1-2 times a week, your quality of life is probably greatly affected. This could mean you have gastro-esophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. Chronic heartburn, or GERD, often results in lifelong, daily use of medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPI). However, approximately 1 in 3 patients taking PPI still have some symptoms!

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