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Reflux Isn't Something You Need to Live With.

The Reflux Center at Columbia St. Mary's

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 or GERD.

Over 60 million adults have GERD symptoms at least once per month.

Fifteen million adults have daily symptoms.

Twenty million adults take medication regularly for GERD.

Are you one of these millions?

What is GERD?

A picture of an African American woman with GERD.GERD is a chronic digestive disease. It occurs when contents in the stomach reflux back into the esophagus. This reflux can irritate the lining of the esophagus and cause the symptoms we call heartburn or acid indigestion. Other symptoms GERD can cause include:

  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Cough
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Difficulty swallowing

 Left too long, GERD can lead to:

  • Inflammation of the esophagus
  • Narrowing of the esophagus
  • Respiratory issues
  • Other conditions

Do I have GERD?

Patients can be diagnosed with GERD when:

  • Their symptoms occur at least twice per week
  • Their symptoms interfere with their daily life or
  • There is observable damage to their esophagus

GERD is also associated with:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Consumption of chocolate, caffeine, alcohol or peppermint

What Can I Do About GERD?

Most people are able to manage their symptoms with lifestyle and diet changes or over the counter medications. However, some people require prescription medications or even surgery to treat their symptoms.

The Reflux Center at Columbia St. Mary’s

You don’t have to live with GERD. If medication and lifestyle changes are not working 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 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 GERD treatment for you. They’re also trained in the latest GERD evaluations, procedures and techniques.

Don’t wait any longer. Talk to your Primary Care Physician or Gastroenterologist about GERD treatment options. Or contact the Reflux Center at Columbia St. Mary’s today.


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