What causes symptoms of heartburn and GERD?

Lisa Ganjhu, DO

The blaze of heartburn and the acid-splash of GERD  have much in common. In this video, gastroenterologist Dr. Lisa Ganjhu discusses the causes of these stomach-churning conditions.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Heartburn and GERD cause mild acid burns by allowing stomach contents to flow partway back up the sensitive esophagus, the tube that connects the stomach and throat. This backflow causes a burning pain and can produce scarring if it happens too often. The animation shows why GERD is painful.

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