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Sep

2018

Is Your Heart on Fire or Failing?

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Heartburn or heart attack?  Both conditions have the word heart in them, but they are different clinical entities.  Heartburn is due to digestive acid from the stomach that may reflux back into the esophagus.  Reports indicate that up to 15 million Americans have symptoms of heartburn daily.  A heart attack occurs in the setting of coronary artery disease leading to diminished blood flow to the heart.  Coronary artery disease affects up to 20 million individuals in the United States and close to one million individuals will have a heart attack each year.   Since the stomach and heart are both in the chest area, both can present with chest pain or to some even as acid reflux.
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26

Sep

2018

Prevent Colon Cancer with a Colonoscopy

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You can prevent colon cancer by doing routine screening to detect and remove pre-cancerous polyps. Polyps are small clumps of cells that can grow on the lining of the colon wall. Most of these polyps are benign but over time they can grow and turn into cancer.
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Sep

2018

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a procedure in which a flexible lighted tube passes through the anus into the rectum and lower part of the large bowel (colon) for direct examination.
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Sep

2018

What the Burp?

The average individual burps around 3 to 6 times after ingesting or digesting. While everyone burps, if it occurs excessively and is accompanied by symptoms such as heartburn, it may be something more serious – such as GERD.
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Sep

2018

Eosinophilic Esophagitis – Beyond Heartburn

A growing number of children and adults have Eosinophilic Esophagitis.  Commonly abbreviated as EoE, Eosinophilic Esophagitis is a chronic inflammatory process affecting the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach).  This inflammation is caused by a type of white blood cell, known as an eosinophil, that reacts in an allergic fashion to the lining of the esophagus.  These cells remain in the esophagus causing damage, despite acid blocking medications that are traditionally used to treat heartburn like symptoms.   This injury and inflammation within the esophagus can cause many symptoms.
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