By Christopher S. Cutler, MD How do you know when heartburn or “indigestion” is something more and needs to be treated? The gastroenterology specialists at Granite Peaks GI take time with their patients to determine if such symptoms may be a result of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). One of the red flags is heartburn occurring more than twice a […]

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September 19, 2018

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a common condition with symptoms such as heartburn, reflux, chest pain and difficulty swallowing. About 15 million Americans experience GERD symptoms daily. GERD is caused by a weakening of the esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach contents to back up into the esophagus. The stomach contains acid and pepsin which, if allowed […]

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By R. Kyle Barnett, MD What is GERD? Frequent heartburn may mean you have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a condition that lead to serious health problems. It is estimated that 40 percent of Americans are impacted by GERD. Symptoms of GERD may include heartburn, regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, belching, asthma, and […]

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By Dr. Christopher Cutler Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications used to treat acid-peptic disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, and peptic ulcer disease. There are several PPIs on the market including Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), and Zegerid (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate). While PPIs overall are […]

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How do you know when heartburn is something you should see your doctor about?  Heartburn may be a symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).  If it is GERD, it needs to be diagnosed so further damage to the esophagus is minimized.  There are simple steps that can be taken to manage your acid reflux and […]

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