What is GERD?


GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is often known as heartburn. Symptoms may include burping, swallowing difficulty, bloating, or a burning sensation in the chest. Risk increases with stress, overeating, smoking and excessive alcohol use. Reducing the amount of fats, spices, coffee, tea, tomato products and deep-fried foods in the diet may help. Elevating the head of the bed 4-6 inches and losing weight may also help. For minor discomfort, you can use over-the-counter medications such as antacids, Zantac or Prilosec. It can also represent serious problems such as ulcer or heart disease. If frequent or severe, see your physician.