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A 10-Minute Consult: Controlling GERD and Chronic Heartburn

You enjoyed the meal, but now you're paying for it, big time. You've got heartburn an uncomfortable burning sensation radiating up the middle of your chest. Heartburn, the most common gastrointestinal malady, can hit after you eat spicy foods, when you lie down to take a nap, or perhaps at bedtime. Many women experience this sensation during pregnancy. Sometimes the pain is so intense that you may think you are having a heart…

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