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Feeling the burn of acid reflux
Heartburn or GERD? Here’s how to differentiate between these common digestive issues.
Even the most pleasant meal can produce an unpleasant — even painful — aftermath. Perhaps you feel a burning sensation in your chest or need to repeatedly burp or clear your throat.
Is it simply heartburn? Or something more serious, like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
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Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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