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After a large meal, do you ever get a burning sensation in your stomach or chest, or taste acid in your mouth? Many of us would chalk this unpleasant feeling up to acid reflux or heartburn.
But if it happens often, heartburn could be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a digestive tract disorder which affects the muscle separating the lower esophagus from the stomach.
GERD is reflux of the stomach contents into the esophagus. Heartburn, or a burning sensation in the chest, can be one of the symptoms of GERD.
Frequent and persistent heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD, but GERD is also associated with other symptoms, such as:
Factors that can contribute to GERD include:
One possible cause of GERD is a hiatal hernia, or stomach hernia. A hiatal hernia happens when part of your stomach moves up through the diaphragm and into the chest. Because the diaphragm normally acts as an additional barrier to acid reflux, the presence of a hiatal hernia can aggravate GERD symptoms.
Not everyone with a hiatal hernia experiences GERD, but a hernia can make it easier for the stomach’s contents to flow into the esophagus, making GERD more likely.
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