Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux, occurs when acid or other stomach contents back up in the esophagus. The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, which patients often experience during the holiday season. Watch AGA's new video for tips on managing heartburn, and scroll down to Information to Patients to learn more about this condition.
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Medical Position Statement on the Management of GERD
Sept. 16, 2008
AGA Postgraduate Course
May 6, 2017
Digestive Disease Week® (DDW)
May 6, 2017
New GERD Patient Education Video Available for Sharing
Nov. 30, 2016
Tips to Beat Holiday Heartburn
Nov. 22, 2016
Treating Upper GI Diseases: Where Do We Go from Here?
Nov. 16, 2016
Estimates are that more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and 15 million suffer from it daily. PPIs have been widely used for many years and are now available over the counter directly to consumers as an effective way to treat reflux symptoms.
However, newer data highlights some safety concerns with long-term use that is important to discuss with patients. Health-care providers should be aware of the potential adverse relationship between PPI use and community-acquired pneumonia, namely, a small relative risk associated with short-term and high-dose PPI use.