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    Is there a difference between heartburn and GERD?

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  • Dr Daniel Novakovic

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    Heartburn is a symptom which indicates underlying GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux diseased) or GORD in Australia (Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease). It refers to a burning sensation or discomfort in the chest

    GERD (or GORD) is the underlying disease process which causes heartburn and other symptoms including chest pain, acid taste in the mouth (regurgitation) and nausea. Acid reflux from the stomach can also affect the throat (causing cough, throat clearing and a lump in the throat feeling). It is also thought to have a role in exacerbation of asthma and possibly middle ear disease. There is evidence that aicd reflux may also be associated with oesophageal cancer and possibly throat cancer.

    In short heartburn is a symptoms of the disease GERD

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