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Almost everyone has heartburn sometimes. Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in your chest or throat. It happens when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. If you have heartburn more than twice a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). With GERD, the muscles at the end of your esophagus do not close tightly enough. This allows contents of the stomach to back up, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it.  
 
Pregnancy, certain foods, alcohol and some medications can bring on heartburn. Treating heartburn is important because over time reflux can damage the esophagus. Over-the-counter medicines may help. If the heartburn continues, you may need prescription medicines or surgery.  
 
If you have other symptoms such as crushing chest pain, it could be a heart attack. Get help immediately. 


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In addition to the links below, view the Quick Links on the “Member”  page and AFMC’s “Health Education” pages to obtain more educational information/materials for your employees.  
 
Pre-certification 101 
 
HearPO, a hearing care discount program that makes hearing-aid services accessible, as well as affordable. 
 
Convenience ClinicsAn alternative to urgent care centers, convenience clinics diagnose and treat a variety of common illnesses and minor injuries for patients 18 months and older. They also offer wellness and preventive services and vaccinations.
 
How to Download a Custom Directory and Use the Provider Search 
 
Member ID Card 101 
 
AFMC’s Reimbursement Committee