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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- Reflux: Reflux is the regurgitation of stomach contents into the mouth (acid reflux), usually along with a particular type of epigastric
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- GERD: GERD, or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, is chronic disorder of recurring episodes of reflux and heartburn. Symptoms include chronic reflux
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- Heart Attack: Heart attack, also called Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), occurs when the heart does not get enough blood supply. It is
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- Angina: Angina is a disorder of the heart and its blood vessels that is characterized by chronic chest pain. It is
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- Chest Pain: Chest pain is an extremely serious symptom that will put you front of the line at emergency. Chest pain needs
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