How can heartburn affect my voice?

Heartburn can affect your voice by exposing your vocal cords to stomach acid. When acid comes up the esophagus from the stomach, the acid can go from the upper esophagus to the upper trachea (windpipe) and by doing so may come into contact with the vocal cords. The vocal cords do not like stomach acid and this can make your voice hoarse.

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