Heartburn can be a precursor to other problems: seek treatment

When stomach acid, and sometimes bile, refluxes back into the Esophagus or mouth it is called Acid Reflux. The burning sensation, called heartburn, is a symptom of acid reflux. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, (GERD) is the chronic form of acid reflux. It’s diagnosed when acid reflux occurs more than twice a week or causes swelling in the esophagus. At Digestive Care Physicians, LLC, in north Atlanta, we feel it is incredibly important to manage gastrointestinal conditions early to provide a better quality of life and to avoid GERD and other potential health problems.

There are various factors that can contribute to heartburn including eating spicy foods, fatty foods, acidic foods, or over-consumption. There are many over-the-counter drugs that help with the symptoms of Heartburn.

If medication and dietary changes are not helping, it is best to contact Dr. Singh, Dr. Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Sumana Moole, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C; and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN;  because if left untreated it can lead to chronic GERD, or Barrett’s Esophagus in the future.

Symptoms

Heartburn is a common problem among adults. If you are suffering relentlessly from any of the symptoms listed below, make an appointment with Dr. Singh, Dr. Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Sumana Moole, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C; and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN;  for testing to evaluate your symptoms. If GERD is responsible for your symptoms, you will be presented with a range of available treatment options. Symptoms of Heartburn include:

  • Pressure in the chest
  • Burning sensation in the chest
  • A bitter or sour taste

Heartburn Medication

Over-The-Counter Medication: Most often, Heartburn can be manged with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. However, it is important to know that these treatments only offer temporary relief and do not provide any healing elements.

  • Antacids: After diet changes, antacids are usually the first course of action because they provide quick relief of symptoms. These include products such as Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, and Tums.
  • H2 Receptor Blockers: These do not act as quickly as antacids but they do provide longer relief. Popular H2 receptor blockers include Pepcid AC and Zantac.
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors: These drugs are designed to prevent acid production and release in the stomach and intestines, thereby reducing the risk of acid reflux and esophageal damage. Common examples are Prevacid 24 and Prilosec OTC.

Prescription Medications: Sometimes, over-the-counter treatments are not strong enough to provide relief in more severe cases, so your doctor may recommend Acid Reflux prescription medications.

Testing for Heartburn

If your heartburn symptoms cannot be managed with medication, Dr. Ranvir Singh, Dr. Stephen Rashbaum, or Dr. Nitin J. Parikh may require further testing to properly diagnose and treat your symptoms. The most common procedures performed to investigate Heartburn include the following:

Heartburn Trigger Foods

The following list is comprised of foods that are typically known to ‘trigger’ Heartburn symptoms.

  • Peppermint
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus fruit and juices
  • Fried Food
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee & Soda
  • Spicy Foods
  • Raw Onions
  • Eat Slowly

Low-Fat Foods and ProteinBoard certified physicians Dr. Singh, Dr. Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Sumana Moole, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C; and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN;  care for patients in the the North Atlanta, GA; area including Johns Creek, GA; Cumming GA; and Alpharetta, GA and Lawrenceville.The In-House Endoscopy Suite at Digestive Care Physicians is a certified facility which has achieved the highest level of accreditation by the Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems including heartburn, contact us at (770) 227-2222 to schedule an appointment.