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What is Heartburn?

What is Heartburn?

GERD is an acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is a very common condition. GERD results from the ...more »

  • Heartburn: Pain from stomach acid coming back up the esophagus.
  • Heartburn: a painful burning sensation in the chest caused by gastroesophageal reflux (backflow from the stomach irritating the esophagus); symptomatic of an ulcer or a diaphragmatic hernia or other disorder.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Heartburn: Introduction

Types of Heartburn:

Broader types of Heartburn:

How many people get Heartburn?

Prevalance of Heartburn: 15 million Americans have it daily (NIDDK)
Prevalance Rate of Heartburn: approx 1 in 18 or 5.51% or 15 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Heartburn: More than 60 million Americans have heartburn at least once a month, and about 15 million have it daily. (Source: excerpt from Smoking and Your Digestive System: NIDDK)

Who gets Heartburn?

Profile for Heartburn: Anyone, including infants, children, and pregnant women, can have GERD. (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

How serious is Heartburn?

Complications of Heartburn: see complications of Heartburn

What causes Heartburn?

Causes of Heartburn: see causes of Heartburn
Cause of Heartburn: Relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle allowing stomach acid to come back up the esophagus.
Causes of Heartburn: No one knows why some people who have heartburn develop GERD. Several factors may be involved, and research is under way on many levels. (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)
Risk factors for Heartburn: see risk factors for Heartburn

What are the symptoms of Heartburn?

Symptoms of Heartburn: see symptoms of Heartburn

Complications of Heartburn: see complications of Heartburn

Can anyone else get Heartburn?

More information: see contagiousness of Heartburn
Inheritance: see inheritance of Heartburn

Heartburn: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Heartburn.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Heartburn.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Heartburn: Gastroenterologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Heartburn.
Treatments for Heartburn: see treatments for Heartburn
Alternative treatments for Heartburn: see alternative treatments for Heartburn
Prevention of Heartburn: see prevention of Heartburn
Research for Heartburn: see research for Heartburn

Society issues for Heartburn


Hospitalization statistics for Heartburn: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Heartburn:

  • 0.03% (3,877) of hospital consultant episodes were for heartburn in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultant episodes for heartburn required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42% of hospital consultant episodes for heartburn were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 58% of hospital consultant episodes for heartburn were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4% of hospital consultant episodes for heartburn required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Heartburn:

Organs and body systems related to Heartburn include:

Name and Aliases of Heartburn

Main name of condition: Heartburn

Other names or spellings for Heartburn:

acid indigestion, reflux esophagitis, Acid reflux, Gastroesophageal reflux, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, Chronic heartburn, Indigestion

Pyrosis
Source - WordNet 2.1

Heartburn: Related Conditions

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