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  1. Hiatal Hernia and GERD - Topic Overview

    The abdomen and chest are separated by a sheetlike muscle called the diaphragm. The esophagus passes through an opening (the hiatus) in the diaphragm to connect to the stomach. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach bulges out of the abdomen,through the hiatus,and into the chest. When this happens,the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) may move above the diaphragm. Normally,...

  2. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Surgery

    Read about surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms.

  3. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Health Tools

    This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding GERD.

  4. Fundoplication Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    During fundoplication surgery, the upper curve of the stomach (the fundus) is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place so that the lower portion of the esophagus passes through a small tunnel of stomach muscle.

  5. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - What Happens

    Learn more about mild gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and how it develops.

  6. Heartburn: Changing Your Eating Habits - Topic Overview

    You can make changes to your eating habits to help relieve your symptoms of heartburn. Here are some things to try: It’s best to eat several small meals instead of two or three large meals. After you eat,wait 2 to 3 hours before you lie down. Late-night snacks aren't a good idea. Chocolate,mint,and alcohol can make heartburn worse. They relax the valve between the esophagus and the ...

  7. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - When To Call a Doctor

    Learn about symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including chest pain like a heart attack.

  8. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - What Increases Your Risk

    Learn about factors that increase your risk of developing symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  9. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Prevention

    Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), such as heartburn, can be uncomfortable or even painful. You may be able to prevent these symptoms by making lifestyle changes such as losing weight, not smoking, not using alcohol, and avoiding certain

  10. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Topic Overview

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by the abnormal backflow, or reflux, of stomach acid and juices into the esophagus, the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach.

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