Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a disease caused by dysfunction of the valve between the esophagus and stomach.
If the valve does not function properly, stomach acid can flow back into the esophagus and cause damage to the esophageal lining.
GERD is common, affecting 44% of U.S. adults every month and nearly 18% of U.S. adults every week.1 GERD is typically a very treatable disease, but many people do not know they have it because its symptoms are associated with numerous other conditions.
When diagnosis and treatment are delayed, chronic GERD can increase the risk for serious health complications, including Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.4 About 13% of Causcasian men over the age of 50 who have chronic reflux will develop Barrett’s esophagus.5
If you or a loved one experience worrisome symptoms, find a physician and schedule an appointment today.