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How does heartburn occur?

Heartburn occurs when the sphincter separating the esophagus from the stomach is weak. When this sphincter is weak and does not keep the acid in the stomach, but instead allows the acid to travel up to the esophagus, this can cause a symptom called heartburn.

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