Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your risk for symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include:
When To Call a Doctor
The main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is an uncomfortable feeling of burning, warmth, heat, or pain just behind the breastbone, a feeling commonly referred to as heartburn. Sometimes heartburn can feel like the chest pain of a heart attack.
After you call
Call your doctor immediately if you:
Call your doctor if your GERD symptoms:
Occasional mild heartburn can often be relieved by making lifestyle changes and taking nonprescription medicines that reduce or block acid. Contact a doctor if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
If you haven't been diagnosed with GERD but you are concerned about symptoms such as heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth, see the topic Heartburn.
Who To See
The following health professionals can evaluate symptoms of GERD:
You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in diseases of the digestive tract (gastroenterologist) to check severe GERD symptoms or to get an opinion on whether surgery is needed. If you are thinking about having surgery, you may also be referred to a general surgeon who has experience treating stomach and esophagus problems.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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