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Treatment for Acid Reflux – Memorial Hospital, Gulfport, MS


*MUSIC* WELCOME TO MEMORIAL HEALTH AND YOU. THAT AGGRAVATING HEARTBURN MANY PEOPLE LIVE WITH DAILY, DID YOU KNOW IT CAN HAVE SOME VERY SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES? OUR GUEST TODAY IS DR. NAVIN BAROT, MEMORIAL GASTROENTEROLOGIST. DR. BAROT, CAN HEARTBURN INDICATE A MORE SERIOUS CONDITION? YES, UNFORTUNATELY. HEARTBURN MAY BE CAUSED BY STOMACH ACIDS IN THE ESOPHAGUS A CONDITION KNOWN AS GERD – GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE. SEVERE ACID REFLUX COULD LINK TO DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING VOMITING BLOOD, ULCERS, AND LOW BLOOD COUNT. IT CAN CAUSE NARROWING OF THE ESOPHAGUS DUE TO SCARRING, EVEN A PRE-CANCEROUS CONDITION CALLED BARRETT’S ESOPHAGUS. ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS SHOULD BE MEDICALLY INVESTIGATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE’VE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN ESOPHAGEAL CANCER OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES. WHAT SHOULD A PATIENT DO TO MANAGE GERD? IF YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE NOT SEVERE, YOU MAY RESPOND VERY WELL TO LIFESTYLE CHANGES AND MEDICATIONS. LOSING WEIGHT, STOPPING SMOKING, LIMITING ALCOHOL INTAKE, ARE SOME OF THE MEASURES THAT CAN HELP. THERE IS A WHOLE LIST OF FOODS LIKE CAFFEINE AND CHOCOLATE THAT CAN MAKE THE CONDITION WORSE AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED. VERY EFFECTIVE MEDICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS CONDITION AND SOME OF THEM DO NOT REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION. IF YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE MORE THAN FIVE YEARS DURATION OR THEY COME BACK AFTER YOU’VE BEEN TREATED WELL, THEN YOU MAY NEED TESTS TO HELP DIAGNOSE ADDITIONAL COMPLICATIONS. THANK YOU, DR. BAROT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT TREATMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT MEMORIAL FOR ACID REFLUX DISEASE, CALL US RIGHT NOW AT 228-868-6500. OR VISIT WWW.GULFPORTMEMORIAL.COM.

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