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By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
February 28, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Heartburn  

Got heartburn? Heartburn is a condition that's caused when stomach acid flows up into your esophagus. This leads to a burning discomfort heartburnbelow your breastbone or in your upper belly. Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in East Patchogue, NY, offers treatments for heartburn. Read on to learn about the causes of heartburn.

1. Tobacco 

Nicotine is thought to relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that keeps acid in the stomach. When that ring of muscle relaxes, acid can trickle up and cause heartburn. Nicotine patches and gums are healthier and safer than cigarettes or chewing tobacco, and they are less likely to give you heartburn.

2. Fatty Meals

While some fats are necessary for wellness, others should be limited. Meals high in fats often lead to heartburn. Fatty, fried, greasy foods lead to acid reflux because they prevent the LES from fully tightening. This creates an opening for stomach acid to flow upward. Eating large meals may also contribute.

3. Coffee

Coffee can stimulate excessive gastric acid secretion causing heartburn in some people. If drinking coffee causes your heartburn, eat something while you drink coffee. Sometimes, it's not the coffee that is causing heartburn but the caffeine. Try switching to decaf to see if your symptoms disappear. 

4. Alcohol

Alcohol can trigger heartburn for many people. Alcohol can make it more difficult for your body to clear acid out of the esophagus. Not everyone gets heartburn after drinking alcohol. Some people may have a faulty or weak sphincter muscle to begin with. Being overweight significantly increases the risk.

5. Medicines

Many nonprescription and prescription and medicines can cause heartburn. Medications that can irritate your esophagus and cause heartburn pain include: NSAIDs, anxiety medications, antibiotics, high blood pressure medications, steroids and antidepressants. If you think that your heartburn symptoms may be caused by a medication, call your East Patchogue, NY, doctor to find out if you should stop taking the medicine or take a different one. 

6. Excess Weight

Anybody can get heartburn, but the more weight you carry the more likely it is. Researchers speculate that excess weight around the belly causes increased pressure against your stomach, causing fluid to rise up. Gaining weight, even if your BMI falls within the normal range, can also boost your heartburn risk.

Need treatment for heartburn? Make an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists! Call Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates at 631-289-0300 today to schedule an appointment in East Patchogue, NY. You'll be amazed by the great relief we bring.

By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
October 27, 2016
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Heartburn   Acid Reflux  

Heartburn and other unpleasant symptoms can occur frequently if you suffer from acid reflux. Your Suffolk County, NY acid refluxgastroenterologists at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates discuss heartburn and other signs of acid reflux and share information on treatments here.

Acid reflux symptoms

If you have acid reflux, you may experience:

  • Heartburn: Heartburn causes a burning pain in your chest and upper abdomen and occurs when stomach acids back up into your esophagus. It's called "heart" burn because the pain is usually felt in the chest, but luckily, heartburn doesn't actually affect your heart.
  • Regurgitation: Regurgitation occurs when stomach acids back up into your throat or mouth. If you experience the problem, you may notice a bad taste in your mouth and may even vomit a small amount of stomach contents into your mouth when you burp.
  • Bloating: After you eat, you may feel bloated or notice that your stomach feels very heavy or full.
  • Trouble Swallowing: Acid reflux can cause a lump-in-the-throat sensation or may make it more difficult to swallow.
  • Cough and Sore Throat: Those cold symptoms may actually be caused by reflux. Hoarseness, coughing and throat pain often accompany the condition.

Suffolk County gastroenterologists can help ease your acid reflux symptoms

Over-the-counter antacids, H-2 receptor blockers and proton pump inhibitors can reduce acid reflux symptoms, but if your problem doesn't get better or worsens, your gastroenterologist can offer more effective treatments. Stronger prescription-strength proton pump inhibitors, H-2 receptor blockers and other medications may relieve your symptoms. In most cases, taking medications and making a few lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding acidic foods and elevating the head of your bed, will be very effective in easing heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms. If your problem is severe, your doctor may recommend surgery to improve the function of your esophagus.

There's no reason to suffer from acid reflux-related heartburn. Call your Suffolk County, NY gastroenterologists at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates at (631) 289-0300 to find out which treatment options are right for you.

By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
September 04, 2014
Category: Gastroenterology
Heartburn is common and, in many cases, occasional to rare. While a mild case of heartburn should not raise any red flags, it is still uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are various ways to combat the discomfort.
 

Recognize the Symptoms and Causes of Heartburn

The first step of fighting heartburn is to be able to recognize it. Symptoms include:
  • A burning pain in the chest and abdominal area.
  • Pain that gets worse when you lay down or bend over.
  • Burning that rises from your chest and could be felt as high as the neck.
  • Acidic taste at the back of the throat.
Heartburn is caused by stomach acid coming up the esophagus. The band-like muscle at the bottom of the esophagus, called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, relaxes when you swallow to let food or drink pass. Sometimes, the muscle can weaken or misfire, allowing stomach acid to come up the esophagus, causing acid reflux, which, in turn, causes heartburn. This is this reason that the burning sensation can be made worse by lying down or bending over. Heartburn can also be triggered by certain foods, such as onions, spicy foods or even chocolate. Being overweight and smoking are also common triggers.
 

Treating Heartburn

Heartburn can be treated in many ways, from herbal remedies to prescription medications.
  • Antacids. One of the most common treatments, which works to take the pain and burning away, but can not repair an already damaged esophagus.
  • Proton-pump Inhibitors. This drug slows down the actual production of stomach acid. While proton-pump inhibitors are longer lasting than antacids, they do not work as fast.
  • Prescription medication. These medications can only be prescribed by a doctor, but are the most powerful option for more serious cases.
  • Herbal remedies. Calcium is the active ingredient in most antacids, and can be taken to prevent heartburn. Milk thistle, lemon balm and even licorice have been known to help heartburn sufferers.
If you experience heartburn three or more times a week, it is time to seek medical help. The gastroenterologists located in Suffolk County, can help you diagnose, treat and manage the heartburn pain that plagues you. He and his team will work closely with you to determine the best plan of action to ensure you leave their office both healthy and happy, with your heartburn under control. Call Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates at (631) 289-0300 today to make an appointment, or schedule one online.