You’ve been “dealing with” your heartburn or acid indigestion for a while now. It’s not going away. The discomfort you’re experiencing is known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux.
Over 60 million adults have heartburn symptoms or acid reflux symptoms at least once per month.
Fifteen million adults have daily GERD symptoms.
Twenty million adults take medication regularly for GERD, indigestion, acid reflux or heartburn relief.
Are you one of these millions?
Gastroespohageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic disease of the digestive system including the stomach and the esophagus. It occurs when contents in the stomach flow back - or reflux - into the esophagus. This reflux can irritate the lining of the esophagus and cause indigestion and heartburn symptoms. Other GERD symptoms may include:
Left too long, GERD can lead to:
Patients can be diagnosed with GERD (Gastroespohageal Reflux Disease) when:
GERD symptoms are also associated with:
Most people are able to find heartburn relief with lifestyle and diet changes or over-the-counter medications. However, some people require prescription medications or even surgery to manage their GERD symptoms.
You don’t have to live with Gastroespohageal Reflux Disease (GERD). If
medication and lifestyle changes are not getting rid of your GERD
symptoms, or if you are concerned about taking medications over the long
term, it’s time to learn more. There are many treatment options
available that can reduce or eliminate your acid reflux symptoms, as
well as avoid long-term damage to your esophagus.
The professionals at the Reflux Center at Columbia St. Mary’s have the expertise to help you find the right acid reflux treatment for you. They’re also trained in the latest GERD evaluations, procedures and techniques.
Don’t wait any longer. Heartburn relief is possible. Talk to your Primary Care Physician or Gastroenterologist about heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion and GERD treatment options. Or contact the Reflux Center at Columbia St. Mary’s today.