Heartburn in Arizona
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What is heartburn?
Around 15 million Americans experience heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest, daily. This happens because the muscles in the lower half of the esophagus are weak or relax at the wrong time, causing stomach acid to back up the esophagus. Heartburn is often accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth and the feeling of food rising back up the throat. Frequent heartburn could be a sign of a more serious condition. The gastroenterologists at Arizona Digestive Health can help you find relief. Connect with our Phoenix, AZ location to request an appointment.
What are the symptoms of heartburn?
Heartburn is extremely common and many people are able to manage it on their own. However, understanding the symptoms can help you determine when to see a gastroenterologist about the condition. Symptoms of heartburn include:
- Sour, bitter, or acidic taste in the mouth
- Burning sensation in the chest and throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Worsening of pain when lying down
If left untreated, chronic heartburn can become gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is important to seek care at Arizona Digestive Health for chronic heartburn. Request an appointment for heartburn relief in Phoenix, AZ.
How is heartburn treated?
Over-the-counter antacids can usually help most cases of heartburn. Antacids neutralize stomach acid to provide you with fast relief. These medications cannot undo the damage done to the esophagus by stomach acid. If you are experiencing frequent heartburn, our board-certified gastroenterologists in Phoenix, AZ can help alleviate your symptoms and get you back to living your best life. Our providers usually begin treatment with medical management of symptoms, but in some cases, surgical repair might be necessary. A newer, very effective treatment that our providers offer is Barrett's ablation therapy, which uses radiofrequency ablation to treat heartburn complications like Barrett's esophagus. Call our providers today to get the relief you need.
What are the causes of heartburn?
Several factors can lead to heartburn. Some of the more common causes of this GI symptom are:
- Certain medications
- Lying down soon after eating
- Consuming spicy, acidic, or fatty foods
- Consuming caffeine or alcohol
- Conditions like a hiatal hernia or gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Being pregnant
When should heartburn become a concern?
Experiencing heartburn on occasion is not out of the ordinary, nor is it necessarily worrisome. But if you have heartburn two or more times a week, it could indicate the presence of GERD. Under these circumstances, it's imperative to seek treatment from a healthcare professional. The GI team at Arizona Digestive Health provides care for this concern and is here to help.
Is heartburn harmful to my health?
Having heartburn on occasion is usually not a concern. However, chronic or untreated heartburn may result in issues such as inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis), a precancerous condition known as Barrett's esophagus, or cancer of the esophagus, among others. Getting prompt care from one of our Arizona providers can help improve your GI wellness and overall health.
When should I consult a physician about heartburn?
Heartburn could be a symptom of various medical problems and should be reviewed by a healthcare practitioner. Please visit one of our physicians in the event:
- You find it hard to swallow.
- You experience heartburn twice or more a week.
- Over-the-counter options do not provide relief from your symptoms.
- The discomfort of heartburn is intense or accompanies other symptoms.
- You have unexpected weight loss.
- You experience frequent vomiting.
Healing heartburn for a better life
Treat your heartburn by reaching out to the experienced gastroenterologists at Arizona Digestive Health. Our team anticipates assisting in managing your symptoms so that you can return to enjoying your day-to-day life.
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