GERD Treatment

Gastroesophageal refers to the stomach and esophagus (food pipe). Reflux means to flow back or return. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is a chronic symptom of mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) situated between the esophagus and stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the LES is weak or relaxes inappropriately, allowing the stomach's contents to flow up into the esophagus. This causes heartburn or hyperacidity to the patients.. If one has these symptoms more than twice a week, one may have GERD. One can also have GERD without having heartburn and symptoms could include a dry cough, asthma symptoms, or trouble swallowing. In most cases, heartburn can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes; however, some people may require medication or surgery. In general patients should avoiding, fatty or acidic foods that trigger heartburn, eating smaller meals, avoiding food close to bed time, weight control and wearing loose-fitting clothes This condition needs careful evaluation by the clinician.

FAQs

Does GERD affect my heart?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn have nothing to do with the heart. The esophagus lies just behind the heart, so heartburn can be confused with a heart problem.

How does GERD differ from plain old heartburn?

The problem is the same in heartburn and GERD. The condition is called GERD when it becomes a frequent, persistent (chronic) problem.

Will I have to take medication for the rest of my life?

Probably not. It depends how well lifestyle changes control your reflux.

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