At the Center for GI Health, we feel it is incredibly important to manage GI conditions now to provide a better quality of life and to avoid potential health problems in the future. Heartburn is a common problem among adults. However, many do not fully understand heartburn and GERD. What is heartburn, gastroesophoguel reflux, and acid reflux and what are the symptoms? It is important to understand your heartburn symptoms to understand how to manage your acid reflux.
Heartburn/ Gastroesophageal Reflux/Acid Reflux: Heartburn, also called GERD or acid reflux, is the backward flow of stomach acid up through the esophagus. Heartburn is incredibly common with almost 15 million Americans experiencing heartburn at least once a day. Many people experience occasional heartburn after a meal and this isn’t something to be concerned about. Symptoms of heartburn include:
There are various factors that can contribute to heartburn including eating spicy foods, fatty foods, acidic foods, or overconsumption. There are many over-the-counter drugs to help with the symptoms of heartburn. If the efficacy of the drugs decreases and dietary changes are not helping, it is best to contact us because if heartburn is left untreated it can lead to serious health conditions, including Barrett’s esophagus, in the future.
Heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux are very common and treatable. It is normal to experience the condition occasionally, but if you are experiencing heartburn on a regular basis we advise you to contact us to set up a consultation. Dr. Nowain has various diagnostic tools and treatment options available for heartburn and GERD. There is no reason to live with uncontrollable heartburn and discomfort.