Health Complications

Reflux Stinks: Stomach problems could be the root of bad breath

Sure, living with the symptoms of GERD stinks, but could reflux be making your breath stink as well? As if the list of problems associated with acid reflux and heartburn weren’t long enough, one often overlooked symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is its tendency to cause bad breath, which is clinically referred to as halitosis. [Read more]

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The GERD Cough

GERD, or Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease, is a condition in which the esophageal sphincter is weakened and allows stomach acid back up into the esophagus. Known for causing heartburn in Albany, this condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including smoking, being overweight, eating too large of a meal or lying down too soon after eating. These factors can place pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter therefore causing it to lose its grip and relax. [Read more]

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GERD can damage your Teeth

Stomach acid is one of the marvels of human physiology. This substance is extremely acidic, ranging in pH from 1.5 to 3.5, which is enough to etch concrete surfaces and burn through skin. However, it stays safely in the stomach digesting food day after day. [Read more]

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A Safe New Technique for Treating Esophageal Lesions

Sufferers of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) know that lesions are a possible symptom of Barrett’s esophagus, and a dangerous possible complication of GERD. While there have been surgical treatments for lesions for some time, there is a new less invasive technique that is proving to be both safe and effective. [Read more]

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Among Barrett’s Esophagus Patients, Smoking Increases Risk for Esophageal Cancer

Smoking tobacco is known increase the risk of cancer of the throat, mouth, esophagus and lungs. The tar, nicotine and chemicals in tobacco cause damage to the cells that is known to predispose these cells to cancer. [Read more]

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Risk of Malignancy with Barrett’s Esophagus

It is estimated that about 10 to 15 percent of individuals with severe symptoms of GERD will develop Barrett’s esophagus. This is a serious disorder that affects the lining of the esophagus, changing it from normal esophageal tissue into tissue that is similar to the intestinal lining. [Read more]

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How Acid Reflux and Ulcers Relate to Diet

Nearly everyone will experience heartburn or acid reflux at some time. If you experience acid reflux frequently, you may suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Left untreated, GERD can lead to acid burns in the esophagus, a painful condition known as Barrett’s esophagus and even esophageal cancer. [Read more]

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Chest Pain: Is it Heartburn or a Heart Attack?

Chest pain can be painful and frightening. How do you know whether it is a sign of a heart attack, or whether it is related to digestive issues such as heartburn?

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The Connection between Acid Reflux and Asthma

Because asthma and acid reflux often occur simultaneously, it can be hard to separate the two. One thing that is certain is that acid reflux can cause asthma problems and symptoms to accelerate. The opposite is also true: asthma can make acid reflux worse. This is especially notable in patients who suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), which is essentially a very serious form of acid reflux seen in both kids and adults.

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Are Sinus Infections and Heartburn related?

Many patients suffer from ailments in which the symptoms are comparable to other ailments. This similarity in symptoms can often lead us to misdiagnose what we are actually suffering from. [Read more]

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