Gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD

GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is when the contents of the stomach flow back up into the esophagus and cause discomfort or health problems. This can lead to complications like esophageal stricture, bleeding, trouble swallowing, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer.

GERD occurs when the junction between the stomach and esophagus doesn’t function properly, and can be made worse by things like drinking alcohol or coffee, being overweight, smoking, or having a hiatal hernia.

It’s a common condition and it’s important to be monitored by a doctor to prevent long-term health problems. Some factors that increase the risk of esophageal cancer include being over 50 years old, being Caucasian, having a high waist size, smoking, or having a family history of Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer.

To make an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists for evaluation, please contact us

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