About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
GERD is a common cause of heartburn. The condition causes stomach acids to reflux (back-up) from the stomach into the esophagus. Symptoms include an intense, burning sensation in the area between your ribs and just below your neck. The feeling may radiate throughout the chest and into the throat and neck. Some adults experience these symptoms as often as twice a month. Other more intense symptoms include vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and chronic cough.