• Overview

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder affecting the valve between the esophagus (swallowing tube) and the stomach that results in a reverse flow of the stomach's contents into the esophagus. Most people living with GERD suffer from indigestion, acid reflux or heartburn. Heartburn is a burning sensation in the central part of the chest region that can go right up into the throat.  The pain can be so bad as to feel like it is a heart attack.

    On average, 5 million Canadians experience heartburn and/or acid regurgitation at least once each week.  Twenty-five percent of pregnant women experience daily heartburn, and more than 50% have occasional distress. Recent studies show that GERD in infants and children is more common than previously thought. 

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    Understanding GERD

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder affecting the valve between the esophagus (swallowing tube) and the stomach that results in a reverse flow of the stomach's contents into the esophagus. Most people living with GERD suffer from indigestion, acid reflux or heartburn.

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