Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Introduction
GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a condition where excess gastric juices (acids) refluxes into the esophagus. This excess gastric juice overwhelms the natural protective mechanisms in the esophagus and causes symptoms of GERD, which typically include heartburn, regurgitation, and difficulty swallowing. It may also cause esophageal inflammation (esophagitis) and/or damage but does not always do so.
If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, you’re not alone! Studies have estimated that more than 1 out of every 4 people has it, many of whom experience symptoms every day. Fortunately, there are numerous medical therapies for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease. Additionaly, there are numerous lifestyle interventions for preventing it, which generally include eliminating factors that are known to contribute to symptoms like certain foods, medications, and smoking.
To learn more about what causes GERD, signs and symptoms, and lifestyles and medical therapies treatments, select a link below.