Atlantic Medical Group Battles Chronic Acid Reflux/GERD in NC
The growing number of patients who are experiencing chronic acid reflux are now being given serious attention by a clinic of Gastroenterologists in Kinston, North Carolina.
North Carolina (I-Newswire) October 17, 2013 - North-Carolina based Atlantic Medical Group (AMG), which specializes in the evaluation and management of gastrointestinal disorders and clinical research in gastroenterology and hepatology, offers high-quality and cost-effective gastrointestinal procedures to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This condition, which is said to have an estimated lifetime prevalence of 25 to 35 percent in the United States, is a costly and widespread disease that can lead to more serious health problems like esophageal cancer.
What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most prevalent gastrointestinal disease in the United States. It affects almost 30 million Americans, 10 percent of whom are experiencing symptoms on a daily basis. It is a chronic digestive condition that results in a painful irritation in the esophagus. It occurs when food or liquid escapes the stomach and pushes upward into the esophagus. This can irritate the lining of the gullet. Classic symptoms and signs may include chest pain (heartburn), regurgitation, chest discomfort, asthma, or cough.
In most cases, GERD can be managed effectively with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Patients may also benefit from weight loss or sleep habits. But if these are not effective, surgery is often the option.
With recent data suggesting that GERD has gone from quite rare to epidemic to the development of esophageal cancer, AMG is suggesting a more aggressive approach to treating acid reflux/GERD.
AMG is offering esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD or upper endoscopy), the procedure which examines the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum for inflammation, ulcers, or growths. Lasting from 5 to 20 minutes, this examination can rule out disorders such as acid reflux or hiatal hernia and other severe health problems associated with GERD.
Besides EGD, other gastrointestinal procedures carried out by AMG include:
About Atlantic Medical Group
Atlantic Medical Group
2541 N. Queens Street Kinston
Phone : 252 560-7841
Published in:Health & Fitness
Published On:October 17, 2013
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