Last updated: Jun 01, 2009
Most people get heartburn once in a while, but if you have heartburn two or more times per week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a term used to describe chronic heartburn. Heartburn is caused by stomach acid that backs up into the esophagus (the narrow tube that connects the throat and the stomach). This so-called acid reflux occurs when the valve separating the esophagus and the stomach opens at an inappropriate time.
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Depending on the severity of the symptoms, GERD is treated with diet and lifestyle changes, over-the-counter remedies, prescription medications, and/or surgery. It is important to treat GERD, because the disease can damage the esophagus over time.