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Everyone has heartburn once in a while; it’s rarely anything to be concerned about. But if you have it daily and it’s accompanied by other symptoms, it could be a sign of something more serious.

Frequent heartburn is often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In people with GERD, the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus. GERD is treated with medication or sometimes surgery, depending on its severity.

When other symptoms accompany daily heartburn, though, that’s a sign it could be more than GERD.

Can GERD be Something More Serious?

In a small number of U.S. adults - about 1 percent, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse - gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) leads to a potentially dangerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus. Symptoms to look for include:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Regurgitation
  • Chronic cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Chest pain
  • Waking at night coughing or choking

If your heartburn includes any of these symptoms, call 1.800.4BAYLOR to find a physician on the medical staff.

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