Is Your Acid Reflux Really Achalasia?

Heartburn is a symptom of both acid reflux and the rare disease achalasia. Knowing which condition you have is important because the treatments are different — and getting the right one is vital to your long-term health.

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7 Things to Try to Reduce Your Acid Reflux

Acid blockers may relieve heartburn. But they can’t stop the epidemic of reflux in this country. Try these steps to figure out what may be causing your reflux, and how you may be able to reverse it.

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What You Need to Know About a Cancer on the Rise (Video)

The incidence of cancer of the esophagus, or esophageal cancer, is on the upswing in the United States. Some experts theorize that this may be due to the increase in acid reflux (also known as “heartburn”). Acid reflux is a known risk factor for esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) … Read More

Heartburn? Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Acid Reflux Symptoms

We call it heartburn, even though it has nothing to do with the heart. It’s gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and one in five Americans have had it at one time or another. Although medications can help to control reflux, lifestyle changes often do the trick, says Scott Gabbard, MD, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist. GERD affects people when … Read More