Updated 07 July 2014

Is my heartburn actually GORD?

At some point in life, everyone will experience symptoms of heartburn. But what if it's experienced more than usual.

While almost everyone will experience the symptoms of heartburn at some point in our lives, some will experience it more than others, sometimes to the point where it begins to change how they live their lives.

If you are one of these people, it might be the case that heartburn itself isn’t the problem. You might be suffering from what is known as GORD, of which heartburn is symptom. See the difference between the two conditions below:

Read: Are there long-term complications of GORD?


GORD is an abbreviation for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. It is a common condition where stomach acid pushes up through the lower oesophageal sphincter into the oesophagus. (The oesophagus is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach.)

Most people experience reflux from time to time, and it is only when symptoms become frequent (more than twice a week) that GORD is diagnosed.
Read: Can GORD be cured? 

Heartburn is the most common symptom of GORD and involves a painful burning sensation in the stomach and chest after eating. Despite its name, the condition has nothing to do with the heart.

The other two common symptoms of GORD are acid reflux/regurgitation (where the stomach acid flows back into the mouth) and dysphagia (painful and difficult swallowing).

Read more:

What are the symptoms of GORD?
What is the difference between GORD and heartburn?
GORD – what can go wrong?

Health24, June 2014


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