Is my heartburn actually GORD?

While almost everyone will experience the symptoms of heartburn at some point in our lives, some will experience it more than others, sometimes to the point where it begins to change how they live their lives.

If you are one of these people, it might be the case that heartburn itself isn’t the problem. You might be suffering from what is known as GORD, of which heartburn is symptom. See the difference between the two conditions below:


GORD is an abbreviation for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. It is a common condition where stomach acid pushes up through the lower oesophageal sphincter into the oesophagus. (The oesophagus is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach.)

Most people experience reflux from time to time, and it is only when symptoms become frequent (more than twice a week) that GORD is diagnosed.


Heartburn is the most common symptom of GORD and involves a painful burning sensation in the stomach and chest after eating. Despite its name, the condition has nothing to do with the heart.

The other two common symptoms of GORD are acid reflux/regurgitation (where the stomach acid flows back into the mouth) and dysphagia (painful and difficult swallowing).

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