Tune In for Our GERD Informational Video
06. 01. 2015
Everyone experiences occasional heartburn at some point in their life, but if you frequently suffer from heartburn caused by acid reflux, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. Medications, such as PPIs, can relieve symptoms of reflux such as burning sensation in the chest, but over time acid can cause damage to the cells lining the esophagus. As the esophagus tries to heal, your cells may change in order to adapt and protect it. These changes can increase your risk of developing esophageal cancer. So if you’ve been on heartburn medication for months or even years without an evaluation, you need to consult a gastroenterologist to see if you need to get things checked out with a simple procedure called an upper endoscopy.
MoreThanHeartburn.com has put together a video to illustrate the importance of getting an upper endoscopy if you have been on heartburn medication for an extended period of time. Take a few minutes and watch the video below to learn more about how this simple procedure can give you peace of mind and preserve your digestive health.
An upper endoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to closely examine the lining of your upper GI tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine, known as the duodenum. This procedure can identify the cause of certain symptoms, diagnose digestive diseases such as GERD, cancer or pre-cancerous abnormalities and inflammation, and treat digestive conditions.