It is estimated that over 60 million Americans experience heartburn and 15 million Americans report having heartburn daily. Heartburn is characterized by a feeling of burning, pressure or fullness in the chest, often behind the breastbone. This can trigger someone to experience nausea, increased production of saliva and low appetite. When heartburn is prolonged and associated with stomach acid rising from the stomach into the esophagus that can be called gastroesophageal reflux or GERD. GERD can cause pain with swallowing, sore throat especially in the morning upon waking, cough, sour taste in the mouth. There are many causes of heartburn and GERD and our doctors will work with you to identify the cause of your symptoms, reduce triggers of your symptoms and restore function.