How can heartburn turn into GERD?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    GERD and Heartburn
    GERD damages the esophagus by causing repeated, mild acid burns to the lining and valve at the lower end.  This process can lead to scarring of the valve, which in turn allows more acid to flow the wrong way.  The animation shows how this process develops.

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