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Acid Reflux 
 
by Kevin Van Horn August 04, 2005

Acid Reflux: What is it?

Acid reflux is also known as GERD. This stands for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease. Reflux means to regurgitate, or bring back up. Therefore, GERD or Acid Reflux is the condition where stomach acids regurgitate or come back up into the esophagus. Acid Reflux tends to be a chronic condition, meaning that once a patient develops it, it is life long. Acid Reflux is serious. Over a period of time, the acid that continually assaults the lining of the esophagus can produce long-term damage.

Acid Reflux: Cause?

Today, health practitioners are pointing their fingers at obesity as the major cause of Acid Reflux. If you are suffering from Acid Reflux, you may need to take a look at your lifestyle, dietary habits, and record which foods may trigger Acid Reflux, and then decide to make some life altering changes. There are other conditions as well that contribute to Acid Reflux, these include Hiatal Hernias, pregnancy, smoking, and a weak lower esophageal sphincter.

Acid Reflux and Your Health Care Practitioner

If you are suffering from Acid Reflux, don’t neglect to visit your health practitioner and discuss your symptoms and concerns. You health care practitioner is the best source to diagnose the cause of your Acid Reflux, and offer you the best-prescribed treatment to help manage the discomfort. In some cases surgery is recommended to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter. Do not hesitate to ask your health care practitioner any questions you have. This is your health, and you need to make the most well informed decision possible when deciding upon your course of treatment.


 

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