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Heartburn and Indigestion Community Education Event Scheduled
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05/22/2012
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ST. JOSEPH MERCY HOSTS COMMUNITY EDUCATION EVENT FEATURING
HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION TREATMENT OPTIONS

Port Huron, MI...Nearly everyone knows how heartburn feels. The searing sensation in the chest, the sore throat and bitter mouth taste are no fun and can keep you from taking your next bite. Sometimes called acid indigestion or acid reflux, the burning sensation indicates that the lining of the food tube is irritated.

When heartburn happens occasionally, most people simply take an antacid or other remedy and consider changes in their eating habits. When the symptoms continue to frequently occur despite these measures, it's probably time to see a doctor. Symptoms recurring more than twice a week or interfering with daily activities qualify for the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is characterized not by heartburn but by a persistent dry cough, asthma symptoms or trouble swallowing.

It's important to seek treatment for GERD because constant irritation by stomach acid can cause the esophagus to develop ulcers or bleed. Scar tissue can form, making it increasingly difficult to swallow. And, in some cases, patients with GERD go on to develop Barrett's esophagus and/or esophageal cancer.

While most individuals tend to manage occasional heartburn through lifestyle changes and use of over-the-counter and prescription medications, many patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease need to seek further, more advanced treatment, including surgery.

To help area residents better understand the signs, symptoms and treatment options available, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital will host a special program, titled, "Advanced Treatment for Indigestion". Join St. Joseph Mercy and Zubin Bhesania, MD, of Huron Surgical Clinic, PC, as he explores the symptoms and treatment options for heartburn and indigestion, offers an overview of GERD, Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer screening, and outlines treatment options, including advanced laparoscopic surgical treatment.

This special presentation will be held Monday, June 18, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 2601 Electric Avenue, Port Huron, MI. This FREE event includes refreshments. To make a reservation to attend, call 1-888-637-2963.

To find a St. Joseph Mercy physician near you, call 1-888-MERCYME. To learn more about St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, visit us online at: mymercy.us.

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