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Heartburn FAQs (cont.)

Sometimes I get a sour taste in my mouth when I bend over--what is that?

That is another symptom of reflux. If the acid backs up all the way to the mouth, the person notices a sour or bitter taste. This is called regurgitation.

How common is heartburn?

Occasional heartburn is common in adults. Daily heartburn is less common and about a quarter of pregnant women have heartburn or related symptoms.

Is heartburn a serious condition?

Generally speaking, heartburn is not serious. An occasional bout of heartburn usually means that the foods the person ate produced too much acid in the stomach. If a persons suffers from heartburn often, or every day, it can be a symptom of a more serious condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Frequent or severe heartburn may limit a person's daily activities and lead to further complications.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2016
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