LANCASTER, Ohio (November 18, 2011) – Thanksgiving is fast approaching and with that comes visions of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. But with overindulgence during the holidays can come heartburn.
This week is also National Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week and the staff of the Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center would like to increase awareness about GERD.
GERD is one of the most common chronic diseases in the U.S., with about 30 percent of the U.S. population suffering from GERD. The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, with 18 to 20 million people in the U.S. suffering from daily heartburn.
Although GERD may seem harmless, it is a serious lifetime disease that can cause severe symptoms and long-term risks. Left untreated, GERD can lead to more serious problems, such as esophagitis, ulcers on the esophagus and esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is the fastest growing cancer in terms of incidence. More than 20,000 cases of GERD-induced esophageal cancer will be diagnosed this year and 85 percent will die from the disease. Getting a proper evaluation from a GERD expert is key in ensuring the proper diagnosis and treatment.
The Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center will open in January 2012. This center will provide comprehensive testing and specialized treatment to individuals in Southeast Ohio suffering from GERD.
The Center is being developed in collaboration with Legato Medical Systems, the nation’s leader in heartburn treatment centers with 30 centers nationwide. Legato specializes in the multidisciplinary therapy of GERD and will work on an ongoing basis with the Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center to coordinate services so patients have optimal results.
“The Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center will provide smooth access to comprehensive treatment of GERD as a service to patients and referring physicians,” said Tina Cass, R.N., the nurse coordinator for the center. Cass will serve as an advocate for patients and referring physicians to ensure continuity of care for patients.
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