Everyone knows heartburn is painful and disruptive to daily life, but few are aware that the symptoms could provide a life-saving warning. Doctors now know that while heartburn was once treated as a minor condition, research has uncovered links between heartburn and serious disease that could be stopped by early intervention.
In many cases, the discomfort of heartburn begins with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) - a chronic condition that allows acidic juices to back up (reflux) into the esophagus (food pipe) instead of remaining in the stomach where they belong. Recent studies show that even relatively mild heartburn can increase your risk for Barrett's esophagus or even cancer of the esophagus - the fastest growing cancer in America.
To determine if the heartburn you experience is an early warning of serious health problems, it's important that you seek medical help for an accurate diagnosis. A simple test can often be scheduled over-the telephone without a prior office visit.
If you suffer from heartburn, contact us to schedule an appointment.