Heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

  • Jacqueline van Schoor Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: heartburn, GORD, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease


Heartburn occurs when acid from the stomach refluxes back up the oesophagus. It is described as a burning sensation, felt in the centre of the chest behind the breastbone, moving up toward the throat and neck. It is the most common symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), together with the regurgitation of stomach acid. GORD is defined on the basis of troublesome symptoms and/or physical damage resulting from gastro-oesophageal reflux, also called acid reflux.

Author Biography

Jacqueline van Schoor, Amayeza Information Centre
BSc(Hons), MPharm Amayeza Information Centre
Gastrointestinal Tract