Gastro-oesophageal reflux is commonly found in the general population, and has recently been demonstrated to occur more frequently during exercise than at rest. This fact is significant to the substantial number of athletes who complain of exertional upper gastrointestinal symptoms and exercise-induced chest pain.
A diagnosis of exercise-induced gastro-oesophageal reflux can be confirmed by means of ambulatory pH monitoring. A positive diagnosis allows for appropriate management of the individual. This can involve simple measures, such as recommendations for changes in diet, timing of meals, and nature of exercise. However, pharmacological intervention may be required.
A decrease in morbidity associated with cardiac origins of exercise-induced pain can also be expected with a more comprehensive understanding of this pathology.
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