Poughkeepsie–In recognition of the 17th 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
 hanksgiving,” 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
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 physicians are board-certified in gastroenterology.  They are dedicated to the treatment
and prevention of diseases and disorders of the digestive tract and treat people of all ages.
The Digestive Disease Center has offices in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Pleasant Valley,
Highland and New Windsor.