Are there healthy reasons why the valve involved in GERD opens?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The valve between your esophagus and stomach that opens to let acid back up in GERD also opens for healthy reasons, like releasing excess air or allowing you to vomit up something poisonous. Watch this animation to see the valve in action.

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