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    How do you know if it’s heartburn or something more serious? See what steps doctors take and what heartburn and GERD tests may be used to find out.

    Diagnosis

    You think you have heartburn, but how do you know for sure? Here are the steps your doctor may take to find out.

    Three out of every 10 people experience heartburn on occasion, so it can be somewhat arbitrary to decide when heartburn should be called acid reflux disease. 

    Tests

    Learn about the tests used to diagnose GERD.

    This procedure, usually done on an outpatient basis, allows your doctor to take a look inside your esophagus and stomach.

    If your treatment for severe heartburn or GERD isn't working, you may need this test.

    This tests checks to see whether your esophagus is working properly.

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