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Health & Wellness

         GERD: Seek Help Before You Develop Complications

                                     chocolate, large meals and lying  4.  Esophageal  adenocarcino-
                                     down soon after eating can lead   ma which is a deadly form
                                     to  GERD. These food items      of cancer.
                                     have been called trigger foods.  5.  Atypical GERD which may
                                     Hiatal hernia, where a part of   lead to hoarse voice, asthma
                                     the stomach is pushed up above   attacks and esophageal
                                     the diaphragm, results in a weak   spasm with chest pain.
                                     lower esophageal sphincter and   GERD can be effectively
                                     can lead to GERD.             treated in a majority of patients
                                        It is important to pay atten-  by lifestyle modifications and
                                     tion to symptoms of GERD and   medications. This includes
        Punitha Shivaprasad, DO      seek medical help before  one   avoiding the above listed trig-
                                     develops complications. Com-  ger foods, eating at least three
           GastroEsophageal   Reflux  plications of GERD include:  hours  before lying  down  and
        Disease (GERD) and acid reflux   1.  Reflux esophagitis, or in-  elevating head end of the bed.
        have been used interchange-     flammation of the lining of   Medications include antac-
        ably.  GERD  affects  about  10   the esophagus leading to   ids, acid reducers such as H2
        to 20% of adult population. It   erosions or ulcers which   blockers and Proton pump
                                        can bleed.
        is a condition where stomach    2.  Stenosis, or  narrowing of   inhibitors.
        contents enter the esophagus    the esophagus due to re-     Early diagnosis and treat-
        due to a weak lower esophageal   peated inflammation with   ment of GERD can avoid se-
        sphincter. Common symptoms      scar tissue formation. This   rious complications including
        include heartburn and a sense   can lead to difficulty with   cancer of the esophagus.
        of acid or sour taste in the    swallowing.
        back of the mouth. Nausea and   3.  Barrett’s esophagus where
        vomiting including blood may    the lining of the esophagus
        be seen with GERD.              changes into that of the
           Acidic foods such as tomato   small intestine. It is a risk
        sauce,  orange  juice,  coffee,   factor for developing cancer                              If you have GERD, please call (609)-917-9917
        carbonated beverages, alcohol,   of the esophagus.                                         or visit

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        Mercer County Woman                                                     7                                          September/October 2018
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