Most people think of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD as the classic symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation. Heartburn is often reported as a burning sensation below the breast bone and regurgitation is the effortless repeating or return of food material back up the esophagus (or food tube). It is important not to mistake a chest pain complaint that may be cardiac in origin for reflux. See your doctor if you have a new chest pain complaint, especially if you have cardiac disease risk factors such as a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, or if you smoke. Now, back to reflux troubles.