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Heartburn and Acid Reflux

At our local gastroenterology clinic in John’s Creek, GA, we specialize in treating these conditions and promoting gut health and wellbeing. Our friendly environment takes into account culture into treatment planning. Here are some frequently asked questions about heartburn and acid reflux:

What is heartburn?

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What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, and difficulty swallowing.

What are the common causes of heartburn and acid reflux?

Heartburn and acid reflux can be caused by various factors, including eating large meals or lying down after eating, obesity or being overweight, pregnancy, smoking, certain medications, hiatal hernia, and gastrointestinal disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

When should I seek medical attention for heartburn and acid reflux?

You should seek medical attention if you experience difficulty swallowing, persistent cough or hoarseness, chest pain or discomfort that mimics a heart attack, vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, severe abdominal pain, signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, dark urine, or dizziness, or high fever.

What are some lifestyle changes that can help alleviate heartburn and acid reflux?

Some lifestyle changes that may help alleviate heartburn and acid reflux include eating smaller, more frequent meals, avoiding trigger foods such as fatty or spicy foods, chocolate, and caffeine, not lying down for at least three hours after eating, elevating the head of your bed by 6-8 inches, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.

What are the treatment options for heartburn and acid reflux?

Treatment for heartburn and acid reflux may include over-the-counter medications such as antacids or acid reducers, prescription medications such as proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers, or surgery in severe cases.

For more information on heartburn and acid reflux, please visit the following reputable and helpful resources:

• American College of Gastroenterology:

• Mayo Clinic:

• National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:

At our friendly gastroenterology clinic in John’s Creek, GA, we offer personalized treatment plans for heartburn and acid reflux, as well as other gastrointestinal conditions. Our experienced team takes into account culture and values when planning treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start feeling better.

Sumana Moole MD - Merus Gastroenterology & Gut Health -

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