GERD affects some 30 million people in the United States, yet it is surprisingly under-diagnosed. Many people simply accept the burning sensation and acid reflux as “normal.” “Often, patients don’t realize is that GERD is a serious digestive disorder that needs to be managed by medical professionals,” says Dr. Atif Iqbal. “Left undiagnosed or untreated, it can have long term complications.”
Stories for Digestive Care
For thousands of Americans, Thanksgiving Day may begin with the tempting aromas of savory dishes, only to end in the discomfort of indigestion.
Plenty of fans and coaches lose their voice after watching a hard-fought game, but football coach Matthew Bowman’s ongoing hoarseness over the past year signaled a far more serious yet common condition – gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
When traveling, graphic design consultant Sandy Balthaser was frequently on deadline, so downtime wasn’t an option. Then she was burdened with a hiatal hernia, and with it the stomach-churning gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Atif Iqbal, MD, FACS, FASMBS, medical director of the MemorialCare Digestive Care Center at Orange Coast Memorial, explains how to guard against this digestive disorder.