The American Gastroenterology Association defines GERD as a condition which develops when the reflux of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications. These symptoms often include heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, and others.
A patient’s life with GERD symptoms can be challenging. GERD may greatly reduce patients’ quality of life by affecting his/her daily activities, sleep, and productivity.
Despite advances in medications, millions of people still experience GERD symptoms. One out of 3 GERD patients still suffer from GERD symptoms while taking medications.
 American Gastroenterology Association as accessed on Jan 20, 2015