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How to Tell Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD Apart

May 17 , 2021

Morrisa Schwartz

How to Tell Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD Apart

Though often used interchangeably, heartburn, reflux, and GERD are actually separate issues with different meanings. When acid reflux occurs, it can range in severity from mild to serious. However, it’s not chronic, and anyone can have it happen sometime in their life. On the other hand, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic and more severe form of reflux.