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How can i prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease from heartburn?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not all GERD = burn: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus. Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of patients, manifesting with ear/nose/throat & lung problems without heartburn. Heartburn is the common presentation of burning discomfort in your chest with exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents. See earlier healthtap answers for gerd prevention.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Weight loss, diet: If your are overweight, losing weight can help. You should avoid late meals, large meals, fatty meals, peppermint, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, spicy foods, tomato sauce and any other foods you find cause heartburn. Taking a daily acid medications such as ranitidine or Prilosec otc can be helpful if the above does not help.

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