Acid Reflux and Heartburn
What is acid reflux?
A significant amount of Canadians experience acid reflux and heartburn on a weekly and even daily basis. Reflux can evolve to GERD, which is more severe. Acid reflux occurs when acid from the stomach flows backwards into the esophagus, which is the tube connecting the throat and stomach within the digestive tract. Reflux can cause a few displeasing symptoms like heartburn, tasting regurgitated food, or even a sour-like taste in the mouth. Acid reflux can sometimes progress to GERD, a more intense form of reflux.
What is GERD?
GERD, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, mimics some of the same symptoms as reflux: heartburn. These symptoms include: regurgitated food tastes, or a sour bile-like liquid in the mouth. However, more severe symptoms also present with GERD. These include: coughing, wheezing, trouble swallowing, and pain in the chest. The chest pain is usually most apparent when lying on your back.
What is heartburn?
Heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest, is a symptom of acid reflux and GERD. Some types of food and beverages can trigger heartburn and vary from person to person. Heartburn usually occurs just after eating, but some people may even experience it during their sleep cycle and awaken abruptly. Heartburn is also common during pregnancy.
How can you treat acid reflux and GERD?
Reflux and GERD can be reduced by lifestyle changes, like avoiding certain foods and beverages. However, medication or even surgery may be required. In order to determine the best course of treatment, your physician will give you an examination and run some tests to determine the severity of the issue.
Request an appointment in Vancouver
At Blue Water Medical, we will perform a thorough medical examination so we can determine the best course of treatment for your reflux issues. If you are experiencing acid reflux, please contact our Vancouver office at (604) 558-3185. You can also request an appointment with one of our experienced providers by filling out the form on our site.