Imagine a room in your house is on fire and the alarm goes off, but instead of calling 911, you remove the batteries from the annoying alarm.
Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who take medication to ease heartburn are essentially shutting down their bodies’ alarm system, says Wilson S. Tsai, M.D., medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery at Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center.
“Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem,” says Tsai. Read More about Beyond Heartburn: Addressing the Cause of GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common problem that affects almost 44 percent of U.S. adults each month.
GERD is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing serious irritation and heartburn. Left untreated, it can lead to a pre-cancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus. That’s why it’s important to understand the signs and
symptoms of GERD, what causes it, when to see the doctor and the new minimally-invasive treatments available.
Presented by Wilson Tsai, M.D., a board-certified thoracic surgeon and medical director of Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery at Eden Medical Center.
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