What is the difference between acid reflux and GERD?

Acid reflux is the usual heart burn after a spicy or rich meal, but GERD is the persistence of ongoing symptoms with the evidence of tissue damage. Watch James R. Curtiss, MD, of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, explain more.

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GERD -- gastroesophageal reflux disease -- can cause heartburn, however, it isn’t the same. GERD is a chronic problem that is experienced at least twice a week. Learn more from our experts about GERD.

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