Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that leads from your throat to your stomach. A one-way valve prevents the stomach acid from moving up into this tube. When you have GERD, this valve does not close tightly enough.
If you have mild GERD symptoms including heartburn, you may be able to control the problem with antacids or over-the-counter medicine. Changing your diet, losing weight, and making other lifestyle changes can also help reduce symptoms.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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