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Heartburn and GERD Quiz

True or False
  • 1. A chronic cough, sore throat, hoarseness and wheezing are all symptoms of acid reflux disease.

    True is the right answer.

    When acid from the stomach refluxes, or backs up, into the esophagus it can irritate the throat and larynx, causing a sore throat, hoarseness, and coughing. There also appears to be a connection between asthma and acid reflux, as asthmatics are twice as likely to have acid reflux disease and each condition can exacerbate symptoms of the other, although the nature of the relationship between these two diseases is not completely understood.

  • 2. Having a hard time swallowing is an indication that you need to eat more slowly and take smaller bites.

    False is the right answer.

    While this might help the situation, a feeling of choking or difficulty swallowing is often related to impaired motility - that is, the ability of the stomach muscles to contract in a normal fashion. This can delay emptying of the stomach, increasing the risk that acid will reflux back into the esophagus.
  • 3. Sharp pain in the chest that extends upward to the neck can be a sign of severe heartburn.

    True is the right answer.

    While this is true, chest pain that radiates to the neck, shoulders, or arms lasting more than 5 -10 minutes could also be a sign of angina (chest pain caused by diminished blood flow through the coronary arteries) or a heart attack, and warrants seeking immediate medical attention.
  • 4. If you experience reflux or the backing up of fluid into your throat after a meal it means the food was probably not prepared properly.

    False is the right answer.

    Regurgitation - that unpleasant stinging sensation of acidic fluid rushing into the back of your throat - particularly after a meal, is a classic sign of heartburn and acid reflux disease. And while certain foods can aggravate heartburn, it has nothing to do with poor food preparation.
  • 5. Nausea and vomiting can be symptoms of acid reflux disease.

    True is the right answer.

    While uncommon, some people with acid reflux experience nausea that can result in vomiting. In extreme cases, there might be blood in the vomit. If you experience this symptom, see your doctor immediately.

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