Heartburn Specialist

Fifth Avenue GI

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Heartburn is one of the most uncomfortable and most common complaints heard at Fifth Ave GI. Stress, overeating, or just eating the wrong types of foods can cause it. The gastroenterologists at Fifth Ave GI offer a wide variety of treatment options to help you overcome the discomfort associated with heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux. If you live in the Upper East Side or East Harlem, New York area and are experiencing any gastrointestinal upset, call or click to schedule an appointment today!

Heartburn Q & A

Fifth Avenue GI

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition characterized by heartburn and general feelings of discomfort.

Experiencing intense heartburn or acid reflux more than two or three times over the period of a week is a good indicator that you have GERD. Patients often experience the symptoms for several months before receiving a diagnosis.

Living a stressful lifestyle, being overweight, and smoking cigarettes are a few of the most common factors that contribute to GERD and other types of gastrointestinal stress. Structural abnormalities involving the valve that connects the esophagus and the stomach are also common with GERD.

How does diet increase your risk of heartburn?

Eating foods that cause an overabundance of stomach acid will increase the risk of heartburn and acid reflux. Overeating is also a factor and causes food to back up into the esophagus resulting in pressure and general feelings of discomfort.

Making subtle changes to your diet will reduce many of the symptoms associated with GERD. Gradually changing your diet to include healthier foods encourages your digestive tract to function more efficiently causing less heartburn and acid reflux.

Eating smaller meals more frequently reduces the risk of foods being forced up into the esophagus. You should also eat foods that are known to produce less stomach acid and that digest at a much faster rate.

What are the most effective treatments for heartburn?

Depending on the severity of your condition, there are several treatment options available. H2 blockers are used to decrease how much stomach acid your body produces. Antacids are commonly prescribed to neutralize stomach acids and reduce feelings of indigestion and heartburn.

Besides medications, the following lifestyle changes are incredibly beneficial. They include:

  • Eliminating the use of tobacco products (smoking or otherwise)
  • Not wearing tight clothing
  • Reducing the size of your meals to avoid eating too much
  • Losing excess weight
  • Not eating before bedtime
  • Avoiding foods that produce excessive amounts of stomach acid

Simple changes in behavior will provide long-term relief from heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues.