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How Can I Prevent Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a common condition that can cause heartburn as well as other symptoms, but there are steps you can take to prevent its occurrence. What is acid reflux? Acid reflux occurs when acid that’s produced by your stomach moves up into your esophagus. This tube connects the throat and stomach, and sometimes the valve at the entrance to your stomach doesn’t close all the way when food passes through it, or it opens too often. When this happens, stomach acid can back up into your esophagus, causing symptoms. Acid reflux is also called gastroesophageal reflux, and if it happens more than twice a week, it’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). What are the symptoms of acid reflux? Acid reflux can cause the following symptoms:

What are the risk factors for developing this condition? If one or more of the following applies, you could have an increased risk of having acid reflux:

What lifestyle and dietary changes do you need to make? The following can sometimes help prevent acid reflux symptoms:

Can medication help with acid reflux? The following types of medication can help with acid reflux. Some are available by prescription only, and you shouldn’t take more than one type without your doctor’s OK:

Can surgery help with acid reflux? Surgery is usually only considered if medications aren’t effective enough and your symptoms are interfering with your life. If you have symptoms of acid reflux, contact us today for a consultation with Gotham Gastroenterology in NYC. Our expertly trained physicians provide the highest level of care in a personalized, compassionate environment. We’ll diagnose the cause of your symptoms and provide the most effective, least invasive treatment possible. 

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