When the valve at the entrance to your stomach does not fully close after food passes through it, acid from your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This is called acid reflux and can cause a burning sensation commonly referred to as heartburn.
“Many people experience heartburn every once in a while,” says Rafid J. Hussein, DO, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center.
“But when it happens more than twice a week, you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a serious condition that requires further testing.”
If you have GERD, you may not be able to find relief from your heartburn through lifestyle changes or medications, which is why it is so important that you seek medical help. A gastroenterologist can perform tests such as endoscopy, biopsy and wireless pH monitoring to determine whether there are problems in your stomach or esophagus.
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