GERD symptoms can occur at any time. However, they usually occur after overeating, or lying down after a big meal. Symptoms may last for a few minutes or a few hours. People who have possible symptoms of GERD should seek medical care.
GERD can feel like the pain associated with a heart attack. Do not assume that chest pain is GERD or indigestion. If you have chest pains or other symptoms of a possible heart attack, call 911 immediately for emergency medical care.
Sleep apnea (stopping breathing repeatedly throughout the night)
Recurrent vomiting or failure to thrive in infants
Long-term complications of GERD may include:
Esophagitis – inflammation of the esophagus
Bleeding and ulcers in the esophagus
Dental problems (due to the effect of stomach acid on tooth enamel)
(During sleep, acid may reflux from the stomach into the throat, drain into the lungs, and cause irritation.)
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a