What is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux?

Advertisement
Advertisement
In this video, Jigneshkumar Patel, MD from Medical Center of Trinity differentiates between heartburn and acid reflux.
Heartburn and acid reflux are different in that acid reflux is a medical condition and heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. In acid reflux, acid in the stomach moves backward from the stomach into the esophagus or feeding tube.  Heartburn is a common symptom of acid reflux and is a pain or discomfort in the chest that is caused by acid refluxing into the esophagus. It is often a burning sensation that can be associated with nausea, vomiting, burping, coughing, or a sour taste in the mouth.
Discovery Health
Administration

People use these terms interchangeably, but there is a difference. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. This causes heartburn, a feeling of pain, tightness or discomfort in the middle of the chest.

Continue Learning about GERD

GERD

GERD

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.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.