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What is gastric reflux?
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Dr. Scott Lippe
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Gastric reflux
Gastric reflux is a normal phenomena that almost everyone experiences.
The problem is that with gastric contents comes acid. Acid can burn or hurt, cause spasm or asthma, cause dental rot or even ear pain! chronic acid reflux over the course of years and years can even lead to pre-cancerous changes. So once in a while is not a worry, but a chronic regular problem needs to be discussed with a dr.

In brief: Gastric reflux
Gastric reflux is a normal phenomena that almost everyone experiences.
The problem is that with gastric contents comes acid. Acid can burn or hurt, cause spasm or asthma, cause dental rot or even ear pain! chronic acid reflux over the course of years and years can even lead to pre-cancerous changes. So once in a while is not a worry, but a chronic regular problem needs to be discussed with a dr.
Dr. Scott Lippe
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Dr. Afshine Emrani
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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Dr. Afshine Emrani
I get asked about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) very frequently and often it causes chest pain simulating a heart attack. GERD happens when the valve between the lower esophagus and stomach is weak and food and stomach acids refluxes back up into your esophagus, causing the burning sensation we call heartburn. If left untreated, it can cause long-term problems like sores and scarring of the esophagus that make it hard to swallow and even increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Treatment options: Lifestyle changes • Stop eating at least two hours before bed, so your stomach has a chance to empty before you lie down. • Avoid wearing very tight clothing that dig into your waist, forcis acid from your stomach into your esophagus. • Lose weight if you are overweight. • Quit smoking. Nicotine weakens the muscle between your stomach and esophagus. Diet changes • Avoid foods that make your heartburn worse. Everyone has certain foods that trigger heartburn symptoms. Chocolate, coffee, citrus fruits, tomatoes, alcohol and fatty foods are common triggers. Imagine you have an open cut on your hand- what would you avoid pouring on an open cut? Avoid the same with your stomach. • Eat small frequent meals and slowly and chew for well before swallowing. Medication • Over-the-counter drugs, like antacids, Zantac and Tagament and Pepcid can help reduce acid. Mylanta can coat the stomach. • Prescription drugs such as Nexium, Protonix, Aciphex and Dexilant are stronger and again reduce the acidity. • Make sure you are tested for HPilori infection and treated with antibiotics if needed. Surgery is last resort!
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