The prevalence of GERD symptoms in Jamaican subjects within the previous year was 71.1%. Weekly symptoms was present in 18.6% with moderate or greater severity in 11.7%. The most common and bothersome symptom was heartburn. Nocturnal symptoms occurred in 17.8%. In persons with GERD symptoms, 24.2% (P= 0.000) saw a doctor and 38.6% took medication (p<0.0001).