Heartburn is the most common symptom of a disease called GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD is a serious condition which can interfere with your quality of life. For many, symptoms are mild. For some, GERD is a daily, severe problem with lifelong implications.
Over 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month; 25 million Americans experience it daily. In the Houston area, it is estimated that approximately 375,000 people suffer from chronic heartburn. Are you one of these people?
If you think you have GERD, take this quick self-assessment. If you answer YES to one or more of these questions, there is a good chance you may have GERD.
At Memorial Hermann, we take a comprehensive approach to treating GERD since many don't find relief through standard treatments. Our treatment options are customized to each individual, and may include:
Thorough evaluations performed at Memorial Hermann help Houston GERD sufferers understand their treatment options. We provide a visual, microscopic, physiologic and functional evaluation of GERD and the esophagus. Diagnostic tests include:
Acid Reflux is closely related to GERD, but the terms aren't necessarily interchangeable. Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus — the tube that connects the throat and stomach. Acid reflux is more specifically known as gastroesophageal reflux. If you have frequent, ongoing heartburn, you may have a more serious condition, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a condition in which contents of the stomach or small intestine repeatedly move back up into the esophagus (the tube connecting the throat to the stomach).