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What is chronic heartburn?

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If you feel uncomfortable in the middle of your chest every time you finish a meal, you may have chronic heartburn. This is when the acid from your stomach leaks up into the tender tissue of your esophagus (food pipe), causing pain and burning. You need treatment. If you don’t control your heartburn, it could damage your esophagus and even lead to cancer. There are some simple ways to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: “Acid Reflux.”

uptodate.com: “Patient education: Acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in adults (Beyond the Basics),” "Medical management of gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults."

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Heartburn.”

National Health Service UK: “Heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) -- Treatment.”

Obesity : “Weight Loss Can Lead to Resolution of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms: A Prospective Intervention Trial.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Treatment Options for GERD or Acid Reflux Disease: A Review of the Research for Adults.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Heartburn.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heartburn.”

Cleveland Clinic: “GERD or Acid Reflux or Heartburn Overview.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for GER & GERD.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 18, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: “Acid Reflux.”

uptodate.com: “Patient education: Acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in adults (Beyond the Basics),” "Medical management of gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults."

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Heartburn.”

National Health Service UK: “Heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) -- Treatment.”

Obesity : “Weight Loss Can Lead to Resolution of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms: A Prospective Intervention Trial.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Treatment Options for GERD or Acid Reflux Disease: A Review of the Research for Adults.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Heartburn.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heartburn.”

Cleveland Clinic: “GERD or Acid Reflux or Heartburn Overview.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for GER & GERD.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 18, 2017

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