Heartburn

Updated 24 June 2014

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.

GORD is a disease, and heartburn is its most common symptom. Everyone who gets occasional heartburn certainly does not have GORD. Heartburn is a burning sensation behind the breastbone. This sensation is caused by the reflux of acid into the oesophagus. It is only when heartburn becomes so frequent that it is disruptive that one can assume that GORD has developed.

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Monique Marais is a Gastroenterologist working in Cape Town. After qualifying at the University of Pretoria, she worked in emergency rooms in South Africa and the UK before going into private practice.

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