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What is acid reflux? What is GORD? Are they the same as heartburn? Get the basics about acid reflux, heartburn and GORD.

Acid reflux, heartburn and GORD

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, or GORD, is a digestive disorder involving the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) - the muscle connecting the oesophagus with the stomach. Learn more.

Acid reflux is when stomach acid splashes up from the stomach into the oesophagus. Find out more about acid reflux disease, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments and helpful diet and lifestyle tips.

It is common to experience heartburn or indigestion at times, but how do you know whether it is just heartburn or a symptom of a more serious condition called GORD - gastro-oesophageal reflux disease?

Get answers to common questions about GORD and heartburn.


Heartburn or acid reflux and GORD can be triggered by medication, large meals and exercise.

Get answers from Dr Rob Hicks.


Looking for more tips on how to prevent heartburn? This article has detailed information.

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