Heartburn (“Acid Reflux”)
Acid Reflux Disease and Heartburn are alternative terms describing GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
GERD affects an estimated 5-7% of the world’s population, including men, women and children. Persistent heartburn (at least once per day) is the most frequentbut not the onlysymptom of GERD. It is a chronic disease, and treatment usually involves long term care once symptoms have been brought under control. Various treatments range from lifestyle modifications to the use of medication or even surgery. Because the symptoms of GERD are so common, consultation with a physician is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment.