Home > Medical > Heartburn > FAQs FAQs All sections in Heartburn » About Heartburn » Dyspepsia » FAQs » Health Tips » Helicobacter pylori » Heartburn News » Normal Digestion » Peptic Ulcers » Self-treatment Are there long-term complications of GORD? This is quite possible, as the oesophagus is simply not made to deal with stomach acids and continuous exposure to these, could do long-term damage to the lining of the oesophagus. What about smoking and GORD? Smoking is generally bad for your health and can irritate your stomach, but it has not been proved that it specifically worsens the symptoms of GORD. What are the symptoms of GORD? Heartburn is the most prominent symptom of GORD. Follow Health24 on Pinterest » Test Is my heartburn serious? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Eating to prevent heartbun » What is the difference between GORD and heartburn? GORD is a disease, and heartburn is its most common symptom. Everyone who gets occasional heartburn certainly does not have GORD. Can GORD be cured? There is no real cure for GORD, but the condition can be managed very effectively by making some changes in lifestyle and diet. Is there any medication that makes the symptoms of GORD worse? Any medicine that delays the process of stomach acids being emptied or that increases the levels of acids in the stomach. What lifestyle changes can I make to lessen the symptoms of GORD? Avoid fatty or spicy foods, reduce your alcohol intake, get some exercise and avoid eating late at night. Eat regular small meals rather than one large one. Do only older people get GORD? GORD is more common in older people, but anyone, even children and infants can be affected by it. It is common amongst all ethnic groups, all socio-economic classes and both sexes. Are there certain foods that make GORD symptoms worse? Absolutely. Topping this list are foods that have a high fat content or are very spicy. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.