Heartburn: Overview

Heartburn is a particular type of chest pain caused by acid reflux. The chest pain affects the esophagus and is felt directly behind the breastbone, called epigastric chest pain. Chronic recurring reflux is called GERD. Heartburn needs to be differentiated from other causes of chest pain, such as heart attack, angina, and lung disorders. Chest pain is a serious symptom with multiple different life-threatening causes, so it needs to be taken seriously. Treatment of heartburn involves treatment of the reflux or GERD that is causing the pain.

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