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What is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Symptom/disease: Heartburn is a symptom often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Not everyone with gerd has heartburn and not everyone complaining of heartburn has gerd as the cause.
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Really the same: Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn acid reflux disease i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza.
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
No: Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. Gerd, or acid reflux can present with other symptoms such as voice changes, coughing or abdominal pain.
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Really the same: Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn acid reflux disease i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza.

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