NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As the holidays approach, doctors can expect to see more patients with gastric reflux and heartburn symptoms. While many of these cases can be caused by heavy holiday meals—seemingly innocent symptoms could be a sign of something more serious.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is characterized by classic heartburn symptoms or atypical symptoms, like chronic cough and hoarseness. GERD is a condition where acidic or non-acidic stomach contents reflux up into the esophagus, and even up into the back of the throat, causing GERD symptoms. GERD may be diagnosed when these symptoms occur more than twice a week.