Lying on your left side at night has been shown to reduce acid reflux. Researchers are studying a new body pillow that keeps patients on their left sides at night as a help for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Hiatal hernias are much more common among patients in their 70s and 80s. If you need surgery, it's best to get treated at a comprehensive hernia center.
What we know as heartburn, or more formally as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), affects as much as 20 percent of the U.S. population. It can usually be controlled with modest lifestyle changes, doctor says.