Having heartburn because of acid reflux on occasion is not uncommon. In fact, you may have acid reflux and not feel the burning sensation of heartburn. You might experience heartburn after eating a big meal, eating spicy foods or drinking coffee or alcohol.
However, if you experience heartburn more than two times a week, you may have something more serious like GERD.
Our Approach to GERD Diagnosis
Depending on your symptoms and medical history, your Inspira gastroenterologist may recommend one or several tests to determine if you have GERD:
Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD Treatment at Inspira
Occasional heartburn and acid reflux can be treated by making adjustments to your diet and lifestyle or by taking over-the-counter heartburn medications.
If you have GERD, your gastroenterologist may prescribe medication and recommend making lifestyle adjustments to help you manage the disease.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to treat GERD.