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How can gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) cause chest pain?

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Also known as acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is when stomach contents move back into the throat. This may cause a sour taste in the mouth and a burning sensation in the chest or throat, known as heartburn. Heart pain and heartburn from acid reflux feel similar partly because the heart and esophagus are located close to each other and share a nerve network.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Non-Cardiac Chest Pain."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lung and Airway Disorders: Symptoms" and "Chest Pain."

National Lung Health Education Program: "Chest Pain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chest Pain, Chronic."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD))."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Non-Cardiac Chest Pain."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lung and Airway Disorders: Symptoms" and "Chest Pain."

National Lung Health Education Program: "Chest Pain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chest Pain, Chronic."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD))."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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