More than 61 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and 15 million have heartburn every day. And although GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is this common, it often goes unrecognized - its symptoms misunderstood.
Heartburn, or reflux, occurs when small amounts of stomach acid rise up into the esophagus, or the "swallowing" tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
You can have GERD without having heartburn. Your symptoms could be excessive clearing of the throat, problems swallowing, the feeling that food is stuck in your throat, burning in the mouth, or pain in the chest.
The esophagus, unlike the stomach, does not have a protective lining, so when it is exposed to the acid, it can become inflamed and painful. In addition, tissue damage, or scarring on the esophagus can narrow the esophagus and make swallowing difficult. Acid reflux can lead to pre-cancerous conditions such as Barrett's Esophagus, cause permanent scarring of the esophagus, or create serious throat and lung conditions, making proper treatment of reflux important to your health.
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