Get a Handle on Heartburn and Acid Reflux
May 1, 2016•8 min
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a digestive disorder that is caused when gastric acid from your stomach flows back up into your esophagus.Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD.A muscle at the bottom of the esophagus opens to let food in and closes to keep food in the stomach. This muscle is called the LES or lower esophageal sphincter. When your LES relaxes too often or for too long, acid backs up into your esophagus. This causes heartburn.Jamie Ulbrich, MD is here to help you better understand acid reflux, GERD and how you can prevent and manage the symptoms.