NOVEMBER 20-26 IS GERD AWARENESS WEEK
GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE AFFECTS 15 MILLION
Poughkeepsie, NY–November 20, 2011–In recognition of the 13th Annual Gerd Awareness Week, The Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley is encouraging those experiencing symptoms, such as chronic heartburn, acid reflux, nausea, food sticking and blood or weight-loss to get tested.
“It’s not a coincidence that GERD Awareness Week is always held during the week of Thanksgiving,” says Dr. Tamer Sargios, Gastroenterologist with Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley. “For many who suffer from this disease, a holiday meal can ultimately cause great pain and can also lead to more serious complications.”
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition where acid from the stomach flows backward up into the esophagus. When GERD is not treated, serious complications can occur, such as severe chest pain that can mimic a heart attack. A narrowing or obstruction of the esophagus, bleeding or a pre-malignant change in the lining of the esophagus can also occur.
Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley typically recommends a 24-48 hour pH monitoring test, known as Bravo, to test for GERD. It involves a miniature pH capsule that attaches to the patient’s esophagus, measures its ph level and then transmits that information to a receiver worn by the patient. This helps the physician with diagnosis and in planning a course of action.
For more information about GERD or to make an appointment with a board certified gastroenterologist, visit digestivediseaseny.com or call 845-452-9800.
Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley is the region’s only gastroenterology group where all physicians are board-certified in gastroenterology. They are dedicated to the treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders of the digestive tract. The Digestive Disease Center has offices in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Pleasant Valley.