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Got frequent heartburn? Find out if it could be GERD.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Wearing which of these can cause GERD?

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The correct answer is: Believe it or not, all of the above can trigger acid reflux or heartburn. Tight-fitting pants, belts, shirts or underwear can put pressure on your stomach and can affect your lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle responsible for keeping stomach acid from traveling back into your throat.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Heartburn and GERD are the same thing.

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The correct answer is: Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) often get confused, but they are actually different things. GERD is a condition which develops when acid from your stomach backs up into your esophagus on a regular basis, causing heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms. While many people may sometimes experience heartburn after eating, a diagnosis of GERD is reserved for severe and/or persistent cases.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How frequently must heartburn occur for it to be considered GERD?

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The correct answer is: Heartburn that is ongoing and occurs at least twice a week is classified as GERD. If your heartburn begins occurring more frequently or doesn't respond to traditional over-the-counter treatments, see your doctor.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these is NOT a symptom of GERD?

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The correct answer is: GERD symptoms are varied and may include all of the above problems. Chest discomfort and nausea can signal GERD, too.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD and acid reflux. Which of these other symptoms may indicate you have GERD?

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The correct answer is: Besides heartburn, the symptoms of GERD and acid reflux may include hoarseness, cough and, in rare cases, pneumonia.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: GERD cannot occur in children.

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The correct answer is: Children can develop GERD, too. Symptoms in children include breathing problems, coughing, voice changes, heartburn, irritability, poor eating, slow growth, trouble swallowing and vomiting.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: A glass of red wine can help prevent GERD.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A glass of vino each day may be healthy for your ticker, but it won't do your acid reflux any favors. Alcohol promotes acid reflux by weakening the LES and making it easier for stomach acid to return up your esophagus.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercise can make acid reflux worse.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Although exercise helps the digestive system work properly, exercising within the first few hours after eating can open the door to heartburn. Really vigorous activities, such as running, doing aerobics or jumping rope may make it especially easy for stomach acid to wash back up into the esophagus. And physical activities that require you to bend forward or lift heavy objects can increase abdominal pressure and bring on the burn as well.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

If you experience frequent acid reflux, which of these is your best choice for a beverage?

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The correct answer is: Water, or any drink that is low-acid, is the best choice if you deal with frequent gastric reflux. Coffee, tea, soda and other caffeine-containing products can increase acid production in the stomach and weaken the LES, which allows acid to irritate the esophageal lining. Orange juice is high in irritating acid.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these situations may make GERD worse?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are stressful scenarios that can cause acid reflux or make GERD worse. Often, patients who have moderate to severe symptoms that tend to arise from stressful circumstances can benefit from psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques or hypnosis.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Downing a couple after-dinner mints can help prevent GERD symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Though they're a sweet way to cap off any meal, mints can relax the LES, causing stomach acid to return up the esophagus.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a risk factor for GERD?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can increase your GERD risk. In addition, because they increase the amount of stomach acid that leaks from the stomach to the esophagus, taking certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics, calcium channel blockers and nitrates can increase your GERD risk as well.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions is NOT a risk factor for GERD?

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The correct answer is: Being obese or having diabetes or a hiatal hernia are all risk factors for GERD. Heart failure has not been linked to it.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods may cause GERD symptoms?

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The correct answer is: Each person's GERD triggers are unique, but some of the most common food triggers include onions, tomato sauce and citrus fruits. Others include garlic, high-fat and fried or spicy foods. If you begin having frequent heartburn, keep a food diary and note what you eat and how your body reacted. If you begin to notice a pattern -- for example, you get heartburn each time you eat pasta or a pizza -- try eliminating that food from your diet for a few weeks to see if symptoms improve.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Dinnertime! Which of these cuts of meat is best for preventing GERD?

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The correct answer is: Extra-lean ground beef and other lean cuts of meat (like skinless chicken breast and fish) are your best choices when you want to avoid acid reflux.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you don't have access to an antacid medicine when your GERD hits, you can drink a glass of milk for relief.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It may seem like a cold glass of milk might help ease heartburn, but it will end up making it worse. Milk encourages the stomach to produce more acid and could make the reflux more irritating.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these activities will make heartburn worse?

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The correct answer is: Get off your back! Lying down may make acid reflux worse. That's because lying down forces your stomach to change position. Lying down puts pressure on your LES and allows stomach acid to escape back up through your esophagus more easily.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men experience more severe symptoms of GERD than women.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Men and women are affected by GERD and heartburn about equally.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How many hours before bed should you stop eating to prevent GERD symptoms?

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The correct answer is: To prevent heartburn, avoid eating within three hours of bedtime. That much time allows your stomach to properly digest the food, which can help prevent additional pressure on the LES and reduce the likelihood stomach acid will be able to return up your esophagus.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these may occur if you leave GERD untreated?

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The correct answer is: All of the above conditions may occur if your acid reflux or GERD goes untreated. Advancing GERD can cause complications such as ulcers, inflammation of the esophageal lining and tooth decay. It may also lead to Barrett's esophagus, an uncommon condition in which the cells that line the inside of the esophagus are replaced by cells similar to those that line the inside of the stomach and intestine. Barrett's esophagus can lead to cancer.

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