When people speak about heartburn, they may interchangeably also mention acid reflux and GERD. To break it down; heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn is caused by acid reflux which is when stomach acid splashes up from your belly and into the esophagus. Acid reflux is common and often not very serious. GERD is chronic and more severe than acid reflux. Heartburn triggers vary from person to person, but in general, the symptoms are all quite similar.
Burning Sensation In The Chest
The burning sensation in the chest is due to the acid rising from the stomach. As your stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus, it creates a burning sensation in the chest just behind the breastbone. It often occurs after eating and can stay with you for just a few moments or perhaps hours. The sensation is often sharp and intense when you first experience it. Some people experienced these symptoms thinking it was heartburn but it was a mild heart attack. The sensations are similar, so it is best to contact your doctor if you are not sure.