Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Everyone gets heartburn once in a while. But if you get heartburn two or more times a week, it could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In GERD, stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus due to a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES)a ring of muscle that normally contains stomach acid.
Chronic Heartburn? Don’t Just Ignore ItGERD is no joke. Chronic, prolonged acid reflux can damage the esophagus, causing a precancerous condition called Barrett's esophagus, or even esophageal cancer. However, you can get GERD under control with lifestyle changes, prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, and even surgery, if necessary.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease News
FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) — U.S. veterans with chronic heartburn are often prescribed higher-than-recommended doses of medicines to control the condition and many are kept on the drugs far too long, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 1,600 veterans who were diagnosed with chronic heartburn — also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) — An implanted magnetic device could offer a new treatment option for people with chronic heartburn that is not controlled with medication, a small study suggests. The study, reported in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, tested a newer approach to taming stubborn [...]
By Carina StorrsHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) — Heartburn can usually be diagnosed and managed without the use of an invasive procedure called an upper endoscopy, according to new recommendations for doctors. Many physicians perform upper endoscopies to screen people who have had long-term heartburn for cancer of the esophagus because heartburn, also known as [...]
It’s Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week, and the timing couldn’t be better. The most common symptom of GERD is chronic heartburn, and one of the biggest triggers of acid reflux is–you guessed it–overeating.
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthDay News) — Electric stimulation of the esophagus shows promise as a novel way to provide symptom relief for patients struggling with chronic gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), three new studies suggest. The device’s effectiveness, which was tested in very small groups of patients, was measured by two independent study teams — [...]
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