Florida Hospital East Orlando issued the following announcement on Aug. 21.
Most people run for an antacid after eating a large meal from time to time. But when you start to feel that uncomfortable, burning feeling a few times per week, there’s a more serious suspect: GERD.
Everyone runs for tums from time to time with some reflux after eating a large meal, but when you start to feel that uncomfortable, burning feeling a few times per week or with more concerning symptoms, there’s a more serious suspect: GERD.
GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, affects an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population. While GERD is common and feels similar to "heartburn," it can cause troublesome symptoms or complications down the road without treatment.
People at any age, even children, can experience GERD. However obesity, smoking, hiatal hernia, anxiety and even depression can increase one’s risk.
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Source: Florida Hospital East Orlando