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The Ultimate GERD Quiz
by Staff
Heartburn and acid reflux can become so frequent that they even occur in the middle of the night, waking you from a peaceful sleep. Heartburn and acid reflux can also become so severe that you feel like you are having a heart attack. If you have frequent and severe heartburn and acid reflux you may actually have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Take this quiz and learn the basics about this common and debilitating health concern.

What is the cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease?

  • a dysfunctional lower esophageal sphincter
  • a dysfunctional upper esophageal sphincter
  • a malformed lower esophageal sphincter

What is the lower esophageal sphincter?

  • muscle
  • tissue
  • bone

What can lead to a dysfunctional sphincter and GERD?

  • poor digestion
  • colon cancer
  • esophageal cancer

What can lead to poor digestion?

  • food intolerance
  • poor health
  • both of the above

Hiatal hernia is:

  • a dysfunctional lower esophageal sphincter.
  • another term for GERD.
  • is a risk factor for developing GERD.

Which of the following is a risk factor for developing GERD?

  • pregnancy
  • being overweight
  • both of the above

How many Americans experience heartburn at least once per month?

  • 20 million Americans
  • 40 million Americans
  • 60 million Americans

What percentage of Americans are believed to have GERD?

  • 15 percent
  • 35 percent
  • 55 percent

At what age does your risk of developing GERD drastically increase?

  • 30 years
  • 40 years
  • 50 years

Moderate GERD suggests that:

  • You are experiencing frequent heartburn and reflux episodes.
  • The symptoms of heartburn are beginning to interfere with your life.
  • both of the above

What is peristalsis?

  • muscle contractions that allow the passage of food down the esophagus
  • a pre-cancerous condition related to GERD
  • frequent and chronic belching as a result of severe GERD

What does GERD feel like?

  • burning in the middle of chest
  • a lump in your throat
  • both of the above

Someone who has GERD experiences:

  • increasingly severe heartburn and acid reflux episodes
  • heartburn and acid reflux episodes in the middle of the night
  • both of the above

Besides heartburn, what other symptoms are associated with GERD?

  • belching and difficulty or pain with swallowing
  • chronic sore throat and laryngitis
  • both of the above

What do some people say about GERD?

  • “It feels like you're going to die.”
  • “It feels like you're suffocating.”
  • both of the above