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9 Reasons Not to Ignore GERD Symptoms

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A burning problem

by Amanda MacMillan

For most Americans, heartburn is just an occasional problem. Sixty million people get it at least once a month.

But for the 19 million people who have a chronic form of heartburn known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), untreated symptoms can lead to a variety of health complications.

If you experience frequent or extended heartburn (twice a week on a regular basis), see your doctor. Here are nine reasons why you shouldn’t ignore signs of GERD.

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