Acid Reflux Specialist

Experiencing acid reflux after consuming a substantial meal is common, but if your acid reflux becomes frequent, it could indicate a more chronic condition.

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At New York Medical Vascular Care, we serve patients of Astoria, Queens, Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, and Marine Park/Flatlands of Brooklyn. Our experienced healthcare providers diagnose and treat acid reflux. They can provide the care you need to alleviate your symptoms and prevent more severe health issues. Call the nearest New York City office or book an appointment online today.

Acid Reflux Q & A


What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux occurs when the sphincter muscle at the lower end of the esophagus relaxes at the wrong time, allowing stomach acid to flow back up into your esophagus.

Acid reflux is common and may occasionally occur after eating a large meal or spicy food. If you experience acid reflux more than twice a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic gastrointestinal condition.

When left untreated, GERD may damage the delicate tissue that lines your esophagus and increase your risk of developing esophageal strictures (narrowing), esophagitis (inflammation), or esophageal cancer.


What are acid reflux symptoms?

Acid reflux symptoms vary in type and severity. In some cases, you may not associate your symptoms with acid reflux.

Common signs and symptoms of acid reflux include:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Bad taste in the back of the mouth
  • Erosion of the enamel on your teeth
  • Frequent coughing
  • Laryngitis
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling as though you have something stuck in
  • your throat

Your symptoms may occur during the day or at night.


When should I seek medical help for my acid reflux?

You can manage occasional acid reflux symptoms with over-the-counter antacid medication. However, you should seek help for your acid reflux from New York Medical Vascular Care if your symptoms occur frequently or your acid reflux affects your sleep.

You should always seek immediate medical care if you experience chest pain.


How is acid reflux treated?

New York Medical Vascular Care creates individualized treatment plans for acid reflux based on the severity and frequency of your symptoms.

Initially, your provider may suggest lifestyle changes to alleviate the frequency of your reflux, such as:

Eating smaller meals
Not eating two to three hours before you go to bed at night
Weight loss
Limiting your intake of foods that increase reflux (spicy food, fatty food, caffeine)

If lifestyle changes fail to alleviate your symptoms, your provider may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medication to reduce acidity in your stomach, such as antacids or H-2 receptor blockers.

The multispecialty clinic may also recommend an upper endoscopy to evaluate your esophagus and stomach to confirm or rule out serious damage. New York Medical Vascular Care schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms and adjust your plan as needed.

To relieve your acid reflux, call New York Medical Vascular Care, or schedule an appointment online today.

What are abdominal pain symptoms?

Your abdominal pain symptoms may help determine the cause of your discomfort.

Symptoms include:

Generalized Pain

Generalized abdominal pain means your discomfort affects more than half of the abdominal area. Common causes of generalized pain include indigestion, gastroenteritis, and gas.

Cramp-like Pain

With cramp-like abdominal pain, your discomfort may come and go, including other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Do you experience leg fatigue, cramping, and pain? You might have Peripheral Vascular Disease.

Ask us how we can help today.

Localized Pain

With localized pain, your abdominal discomfort occurs in a specific location in your abdominal area. This type of pain may indicate a problem with an abdominal organ.

Common causes of localized pain include appendicitis, kidney stones, and gallbladder disease.

Colicky Pain

If your pain comes and goes, then you have colicky pain. Kidney stones and gallstones cause this type of abdominal pain.
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