What should you know about GERD

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WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT GERD?!

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What should you know about GERD?!

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Having a chest pain! Doubting that it might be a heart disease?!

Symptoms of heart burn, chest pain and breathing difficulty usually accompanies a gastrointestinal condition called Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

But, why are you having GERD? 1,2

 

When stomach acid – takes part in the digestion process - frequently flows back into esophagus, a valve between the stomach and the esophagus is supposed to close. But, in some people, this valve is not working properly, which leads to signs and symptoms of GERD, normally after eating. These symptoms might get more aggravated at night. Symptoms like cough might be associated with GERD.1,2

Your symptoms might be triggered with food high in fat or spices, acidic fruit, onion, garlic and coffee. We all get heartburn at some point in our lives, but having symptoms more than two times weekly could be a sign of GERD.1,2

Making changes to your diet and taking the proper medication will help alleviate symptoms of GERD. Medications that treat acid reflux are antacids, H2 receptor blockers or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). In some cases of severe symptoms, surgery might be required.1