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What to know about Heartburn and GERD

What to know about Heartburn and GERD

November 19-25 is GERD Awareness Week. Did you know that 1 out of 5 people in the United States experience heartburn or acid reflux on a weekly basis? Acid reflux is the most common gastrointestinal-related diagnosis made by physicians nationwide. It is estimated that pain and discomfort from acid reflux impacts more than 80 million people at least twice per month in the U.S. When left untreated, reflux can lead to serious conditions.

What is acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD?

Acid reflux occurs when liquid stomach contents go up into the esophagus. The burning feeling in our chest when this occurs is known as heartburn. Frequent reflux can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Other symptoms can include difficulty swallowing, indigestion, and a sensation of a lump in your throat.

What causes chronic heartburn?

There are some health factors that can lead to GERD, including if you:

• Are overweight or obese

• Have Hiatal hernia

• Have weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES)

• Are pregnant

• Drink alcohol or smoke

• Take medications like antihistamines, painkillers, and antidepressants

What conditions are treated?

The Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program offers state-of-the-art technology and the latest treatment options for heartburn-related illnesses.

To learn more visit the Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program webpage,