Persistent heartburn symptoms can lead to Barrett’s esophagus which is a precursor to esophageal cancer.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD, is a condition in which the acidic juices in your stomach splash back into your esophagus (“acid reflux”), irritating the esophageal lining. This burning sensation is also called heartburn. Persistent GERD symptoms or new onset of acid reflux symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a GERD specialist or acid reflux doctor for an accurate diagnosis and to exclude other causes. Persistent heartburn symptoms can lead to Barrett’s esophagus which is a precursor to esophageal cancer.  Our NYC Gastroenterologists and GERD specialists at our offices commonly evaluate and treat this condition.

What Is GERD?

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive dysfunction affecting the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a bundle of muscles between the stomach and the esophagus. There are many people who suffer from symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion that are caused by GERD. Your esophagus transfers food from your mouth to your stomach. It has two sphincters, one at the top in your throat and one at the bottom where it connects to your stomach. Normally, the lower esophageal sphincter (or LES) maintains a strong grip, allowing the one-way flow of food into your stomach. If the LES weakens or doesn’t close properly, however, the digestive enzymes and acid in your stomach can escape back up into your esophagus.

Many people experience acid reflux symptoms after eating certain foods. In these instances, over-the-counter medications may work well to temporarily calm the symptoms of GERD such as a burning throat.  Your gastroenterologist or  GERD doctor can help diagnose the condition and place you on the correct medication or prescribe lifestyle modification as needed.
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