Esophageal spasms are a rare condition. They tend to occur in people between the ages of 60 and 80, and may be associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Other factors that can increase the risk of esophageal spasms include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Drinking red wine or consuming very hot or very cold foods or drinks
Oct. 21, 2015