Acid Reflux & Heartburn

Heartburn and Reflux are a form of indigestion caused by stomach acid or food regurgitation into the esophagus.

What contributes to heartburn?

Many factors contribute to heartburn or reflux. Most often it happens after eating a large meal. Other factors include tobacco use, fried or fatty foods, caffeine, citrus fruits and juices, alcohol, pregnancy, certain medications or lying flat.

Diagnosing Heartburn or Reflux:

Outside of the basic symptoms, there are several tests that our team uses to diagnose reflux:

  • Upper GI series: x-rays taken after you drink barium to monitor the functioning of the esophagus and stomach
  • Upper GI Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Manometry: a test that measures the pressure within the esophagus
  • pH Monitor

Treatment for Heartburn or Reflux:

Antacid or milk temporarily relieve most symptoms. With recurring reflux we often prescribe antacid, prescription medication or in rare cases, surgery.

Prevention of Heartburn or Reflux:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Avoid lying down immediately after eating
  • Weight loss
  • Tobacco use cessation
  • Avoid fatty foods, alcohol, coffee, chocolate or peppermint
  • Elevate your head during sleep
  • Review all medications with your physician

When to Call Your Physician:

If heartburn is chronic and persistent.