Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
Houston Endoscopy and Research Center
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Houston, TX 77079
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When to see a Gasterologist for Heartburn

You’ve probably heard the terms “heartburn”, “acid reflux” and “Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)”; however, people use these terms so interchangeably that you may not realize that there is a difference between the three. If you are dealing with heartburn, then you experience a burning in your chest due to acid reflux. Heartburn is the symptom of both acid reflux and GERD. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows up into the esophagus, causing inflammation and irritation to the lining of the throat. If you deal with these symptoms regularly, you could have GERD.

While the occasional bout of heartburn probably won’t send you to our office, it’s time to see a gastroenterologist if,

  • You are dealing with persistent heartburn that occurs at least two times a week for more than two weeks
  • You aren’t experiencing relief from over-the-counter antacids
  • Your heartburn symptoms are getting worse
  • Your heartburn is still occurring, despite dietary and lifestyle changes
  • You’ve been taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for more than eight weeks
  • You’re experiencing pain when swallowing
  • Your heartburn is also accompanied by nausea and vomiting
  • You notice changes in your voice (e.g. hoarseness)

It’s important to recognize that while you can get a PPI over the counter to treat your heartburn, this doesn’t necessarily mean that self-medicating every time you have heartburn is the best approach. After all, PPIs are only meant for occasional use. If you are taking PPIs regularly you are more at risk for serious side effects including C. diff, vitamin deficiencies and kidney failure.

What to Expect During Your Visit

If you’re coming to our office for heartburn, our gastroenterologists will go through your medical history and ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing and how often you are experiencing them.

We may recommend an endoscopy, which will allow us to examine the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines to check for inflammation or damage caused by heartburn. An endoscopy can also help us pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. From there, we can create a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Are you living with heartburn here in Houston, TX? If your heartburn symptoms are making it difficult to eat the foods you love, then call Houston Endoscopy and Research Center
at (713) 932-9200 to find out how to get your heartburn under control.