Occasional heartburn is a common problem for many people. However, chronic (2 or more days per week) heartburn, acid reflux or other symptoms of GERD may mean it is time to seek treatment from the Utah GERD specialists. They can help you find relief and rule out any more serious illnesses.
FIND RELIEF FOR HEARTBURN PAIN
Early treatment can be especially impactful for many patients suffering with GERD. Once diagnosed, we can stop the pain and start healing the damage caused by GERD. At Granite Peaks, our experienced, Board-Certified gastroenterologists assess your symptoms to determine a specific diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan for you.
WHAT CAUSES GERD?
The stomach contains acid and pepsin to help digest food. Reflux occurs when the muscles in the lower end of the esophagus are abnormally weakened or relaxed, allowing stomach contents to wash back into the esophagus causing pain. Left untreated this can cause esophageal inflammation, or lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that increases the risk of esophageal cancer.
About 15 million Americans experience heartburn daily and it often goes untreated. For most people heartburn occurs after:
- eating a large meal
- eating late at night
- lying down shortly after eating
- eating spicy/acidic foods
- drinking alcohol or caffeine.