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Reflux Isn't Something You Need to Live With.

The Reflux Center at Columbia St. Mary's

You’ve been “dealing with” your heartburn or acid indigestion for a while now. It’s not going away. The discomfort you’re experiencing is known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux.

Over 60 million adults have heartburn symptoms or acid reflux symptoms at least once per month.

Fifteen million adults have daily GERD symptoms.

Twenty million adults take medication regularly for GERD, indigestion, acid reflux or heartburn relief.

Are you one of these millions?

What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?

A picture of an African American woman with GERD.Gastroespohageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic disease of the digestive system including the stomach and the esophagus. It occurs when contents in the stomach flow back - or reflux - into the esophagus. This reflux can irritate the lining of the esophagus and cause indigestion and heartburn symptoms. Other GERD symptoms may include:

  • Burning chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Cough
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Difficulty swallowing

 Left too long, GERD can lead to:

  • Swelling of the esophagus
  • Narrowing of the esophagus
  • Breathing issues
  • Other conditions

Do I have GERD?

Patients can be diagnosed with GERD (Gastroespohageal Reflux Disease) when:

  • Heartburn symptoms or acid reflux symptoms occur at least twice per week
  • Heartburn or indigestion interferes with their daily life or
  • There is observable damage to their esophagus

GERD symptoms are also associated with:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Consumption of chocolate, caffeine, alcohol or peppermint

What Can I Do About GERD?

Most people are able to find heartburn relief with lifestyle and diet changes or over-the-counter medications. However, some people require prescription medications or even surgery to manage their GERD symptoms.

The Reflux Center at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s

You don’t have to live with Gastroespohageal Reflux Disease (GERD). If medication and lifestyle changes are not getting rid of your GERD symptoms, or if you are concerned about taking medications over the long term, it’s time to learn more. There are many treatment options available that can reduce or eliminate your acid reflux symptoms, as well as avoid long-term damage to your esophagus.

The professionals at the Reflux Center at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s have the expertise to help you find the right acid reflux treatment for you. They’re also trained in the latest GERD evaluations, procedures and techniques.

Don’t wait any longer. Heartburn relief is possible. Talk to your Primary Care Physician or Gastroenterologist about heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion and GERD treatment options. Or contact the Reflux Center at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s today.



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