Heartburn Care Center
The Heartburn Care Center at Salt Lake Regional is the only center in Utah to offer advanced, individual treatment for patients suffering from all types of heartburn and reflux — mild, moderate and severe.
In many cases, mild heartburn can be effectively treated with over-the-counter medicines. However if you are one of millions of American with persistent heartburn twice a week, you may have acid reflux disease, also known as Gastroesophegeal Reflux Disease (GERD). Read more here.
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center now offers much needed relief for GERD sufferers:
- Advanced Diagnostics
- Individualized Treatment
- Many of our patients discontinue all prescription and over the counter medications.
- Individual results will vary, and depends on your diagnosis.
Three Types of Heartburn. Could this be you?
Occasional—The infrequent sufferer
- Trigger foods such as alcoholic or carbonated beverages, caffeine, onions, garlic, tomatoes or tomato-based foods, as well as foods that are spicy or high in fat. Other trigger foods include peppermint, chocolate and citrus fruits.
- Eating large meals or late-night eating
Signs and symptoms:
- Burning feeling in the chest that occurs after eating
- Chest pain (can extend to the neck and jaw)
- Hot, sour, or acidic taste at the back of throat
- Sensation of food “sticking” in the middle of chest or throat
Chronic—Day-to-day without relief
Signs and Symptoms:
- Sore throat or pain deep in the throat
- Asthma-like symptoms
- Cannot seem to find relief, no matter what is done
- Life-threatening – Complications resulting from lingering problems
When to see a doctor:
- Difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
- Severe hoarseness or wheezing
- Discomfort interfering with daily activities
What is GERD?
Approximately 20-40 percent of Americans suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). GERD is a common digestive disorder that can progress in severity over time. The three most common symptoms are heartburn, chest pain and regurgitation.
Less typically, GERD can cause hoarseness, sore throat, worsening asthma and cough. It is associated with sleep disturbance and decreased work productivity. For some, symptoms are relatively mild. Others suffer severely on a daily basis with significant lifestyle altering problems.
In addition, GERD may cause esophageal cancer. At the Heartburn Care Center, esophageal cancer risk assessment is part of the comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. The Heartburn Care Center at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center was developed to address all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 801.746.2885