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Heartburn or GERD

Is Your Heartburn Actually GERD?

30 million adults in the US have GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease.

What causes GERD?

A weak muscle between the stomach and esophagus allows stomach acid to escape and flow up into the esophagus.

Heartburn is a key GERD symptom, especially if:

  • Your heartburn occurs twice or more each week
  • It affects your sleep
  • It persists, becomes more severe
  • You've had heartburn regularly for several years

Other GERD symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic, non-productive dry cough

Have these symptoms? Call Consult-a-Nurse team at 804-320-3627 to find a specialist.