Does Acid Reflux Increase the Risk of Heart Disease?


Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a condition in which stomach acid flows back into the oesophagus.

Research shows that individuals with GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) are 40% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.

Furthermore, studies have found that patients with coronary heart disease are twice as likely to have been previously diagnosed with GERD.

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Acid reflux can cause heartburn, which is a burning sensation in the chest or throat.

In some cases, acid reflux can lead to chest pain, which can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack.

A hiatal hernia, which is a common cause of acid reflux, can also increase the risk of heart disease.

Chronic acid reflux can cause chronic inflammation of the oesophagus and stomach, which can increase the risk of heart disease.

People with acid reflux are more likely to have high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.