Chronic Cough and Chest Pain May Indicate GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is associated with frequent acid reflux. People who suffer from GERD experience acid reflux, when stomach acids flow back into the esophagus, as often as two or more times per week. New research shows that some symptoms of this frequent reflux may be misleading.

One study conducted by researchers at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed 31 people who came to emergency rooms complaining of chest pain. Researchers monitored the pH levels in the esophagus of these patients for two days and found that 57% of the patients complaining of chest pain were suffering from acid reflux that could be associated with GERD. While researchers were clear that people should always seek medical attention if they suspected cardiac problems associated with chest pain, they also noted that, “Often the role of acid reflux has been overlooked as a potential factor in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with serious chest pain.”

Chronic coughing has also been discovered to be common symptom of GERD, although it may not be immediately linked with reflux. In fact, GERD is believed to be one of the most common underlying causes of chronic cough. In some cases, the coughing is caused by the reflux of non-acidic stomach contents.

It’s important to understand that GERD is often associated with frequent heartburn but may also cause symptoms such as chest pain, coughing, respiratory problems or difficulty swallowing. Talk to your doctor if you suffer from any of these symptoms.

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