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Is GERD dangerous?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
GERD causes repeated mild acid burns in the lower end of the esophagus, which connects the stomach to the throat. The constant burning injures the lower esophagus and the valve separating it from the stomach.  Over time, repeated injury can scar and weaken the valve, which worsens the backflow of acid. The animation shows how this injury occurs.


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