5 Signs You Need to Talk to Your Doctor About Heartburn

WRITTEN BY: UPMC Susquehanna
Friday, February 24th, 2017

Just about everyone feels that searing pain in their chest from time to time — heartburn.

And while over-the-counter treatments, like antacids, provide occasional relief, those who regularly experience heartburn should talk to their doctor about the possibility of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux, or Barrett’s esophagus.

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Heartburn is a common symptom in each of these conditions:

  • Acid reflux, the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus.
  • GERD, a digestive disorder affecting the lower esophageal sphincter.
  • Barrett’s esophagus, a long-term consequence of GERD and a precancerous condition of the esophagus.

Heartburn Warning Signs

Those who experience any of the following symptoms should talk to their doctor about heartburn:

RELATED: The Right Diet for GERD

Learn more in this blog post by Dr. David Schaefer, MD, a gastroenterologist at UPMC Susquehanna.

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