If you experience heartburn or acid reflux symptoms at least twice a week, this is often a common sign that you may have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This condition can have dangerous and painful consequences and is best treatable by a gastroenterologist. At Digestive Medicine Associates, we are a gastroenterology practice devoted to serving patients in Hialeah/Miami Lakes, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Kendall, FL. If you’re looking for advanced and comprehensive GI patient care, our professionals can accurately diagnose GERD symptoms and create a treatment plan depending on the severity.
What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder in which stomach acid or bile irritates the esophagus lining. The condition occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter - the valve between the stomach and esophagus - doesn't close properly. When acids from the stomach attack this muscle, it weakens, and they disrupt its conventional defense mechanisms.
Signs and Symptoms
Adults who notice acid indigestion may be experiencing mild symptoms of GERD without realizing it. Also known as heartburn, the person may feel a burning sensation behind the breastbone after consuming spicy, greasy, or fatty foods, as well as alcohol, or caffeinated beverages. Less common implications that occur include a sore throat, cough, chest pain, or wheezing. Untreated GERD will result in long-term consequences, such as damage to the esophagus from bleeding or inflammation. You can also raise your risk of developing a painful ulcer.
Diagnosis and Treatment
GERD is treatable, but there is no cure. At Digestive Medicine Associates, our professionals can determine if you have the condition by performing one of two minimally-invasive procedures at one of our four locations in the Miami, FL, area. Our gastroenterologist may recommend an upper endoscopy to examine the esophagus or conduct a pH test to measure acid levels. Mild reflux symptoms often disappear with dietary and lifestyle changes. Should symptoms persist, causing aggravation and discomfort, you may benefit from over-the-counter antacids or safe and effective prescription medication.
At Digestive Medicine Associates, all of our professionals stay informed about the latest trends in the medical field and maintain the highest levels of accreditation to make you feel as comfortable and confident as possible when choosing our office. For more information about understanding Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), other conditions we treat and services provided by our gastroenterologist, visit our website. Please call (305) 822-4107 for appointment scheduling at one of our four locations in the Miami, FL, area. These include offices in Hialeah/Miami Lakes, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Kendall, FL.