Heartburn is a common symptom of acid reflux, a condition where some of the stomach contents travel back up into the esophagus, or food pipe. It creates a burning pain in the lower chest.

Persistent acid reflux that happens more than twice per week is what experts call gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

A person will feel heartburn when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus, the pipe that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. Heartburn is a symptom of GERD.

The American College of Gastroenterology estimate that more than 15 million people in the United States experience heartburn symptoms every day.

In this article, we discuss heartburn, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment.

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