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How common is heartburn?

Heartburn is one of the most common medical conditions experienced by upwards of 40% of Americans on a monthly basis. Sixty million or more Americans have heartburn once a week. The problem is that this disease seems to be increasing. More than 22% of primary care visits will be for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is up 46% in the last seven years. There have been many theories offered but no one has been able to conclusively pinpoint why this is happening. But, the reality is that we are facing this condition more and more.

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