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Is it normal heartburn or something more serious?

Sometimes you feel it after a meal, at night while you’re trying to sleep or out of nowhere at all — that sharp, acidic, burning sensation in your chest and throat that causes discomfort. You’ve likely heard of heartburn, and nearly everyone has experienced it. And you’ve probably heard of acid reflux disease, also known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), which is a much more serious condition that requires medical attention. But what’s the difference between the two, and how do you know which you might have?

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