Answers to common questions
- Commonly referred to as “heartburn”
- Up to 10% of all Americans have daily reflux symptoms
- Can alter the lining cells of the esophagus resulting in Barrett’s esophagus
Who Gets It?
- 10% of all Americans
- Certain lifestyles and behaviors are associated with GERD including:
- Caffeine consumption
- Eating meals close to bedtime
- Diet rich in fatty foods
What Are The Symptoms?
- Heartburn or acid indigestion which is best described as a burning pain in the middle of the chest and upper stomach
- Blood in the stool
- Some people simply have a cough or difficulty swallowing
How Is It Detected/Diagnosed?
- A thorough history and physical by your physician may be adequate to diagnose it
- Other studies which may be used include upper endoscopy (placing a tube with a camera and light down your throat); radiology exams and even pH monitoring
How Is It Treated?
- Treatment will be outlined by your physician based on your individual medical history
- Medications to block acid production are commonly used
- Altering lifestyle and diet to avoid late meals, caffeine, smoking and other risk factors
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This publication is intended for patient education and information only. It does not constitute advice, nor should it be taken to suggest or replace professional medical care from your physician. Your treatment options may vary, depending upon your medical history and current condition.