Heartburn Moment of the Super Bowl

Heartburn Moment of the Super Bowl

While enjoying the game today between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams you may develop heartburn. There are plenty of reasons for a heartburn attack during Super Bowl: Greasy and spicy food, alcoholic drinks, maybe smoking and definitely strong emotional reactions to the...

Manometry and Heartburn Treatment in Houston

Manometry and Heartburn Treatment in Houston

Proper acid reflux diagnosis is the first step towards heartburn treatment in Houston. High resolution esophageal manometry is an important for acid reflux diagnosis at Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center. The test employs a catheter dotted with closely placed pressure sensors to measure esophageal motility,...

Gastric Diverticulum and Heartburn Treatment

53-year-old male presents for evaluation of severe acid reflux related symptoms poorly responsive to medical treatment. His symptoms include heartburn and food regurgitation. Upper endoscopy revealed large hiatal hernia, distal esophagitis, and a posterior gastric fundus diverticulum measuring around 5 by 5 cm. The gastric...

Gastroparesis following Nissen Fundoplication Surgery

Gastroparesis following Nissen Fundoplication Surgery

Nelson from Houston emailed us this question: “I have been diagnosed with gastroparesis years after Nissen fundoplication surgery for GERD. Would any of these surgical procedures help me at this point. I barely leave the house for fear of needing a bathroom in an emergency”. Dear Nelson, I...

LINX Acid Reflux Surgery Revision in Houston

LINX Acid Reflux Surgery Revision in Houston

Houston LINX acid reflux surgery consists of placing a bracelet of magnetic beads around the lower esophageal sphincter. The magnetic bracelet increases resistance around the lower esophageal sphincter. LINX device keeps the sphincter closed at gastric pressures less than 20 mm of Hg. Acid reflux...

New Year, New Resolution: Take control of Your Heartburn

New Year, New Resolution: Take control of Your Heartburn

Year after year 30% of all Houstonians struggle with recurrent heartburn, food regurgitation, persistent dry cough and constant bloating. These are some of the symptoms that indicate GERD also known as acid reflux. Acid reflux is a chronic medical problem that affects many aspects of...

Tis The Season for Heartburn in Houston

Tis The Season for Heartburn in Houston

If you suffer from acid reflux disease, Christmas may be synonymous with heartburn for you. Large meals, rich food, alcoholic drinks and lots of chocolate exacerbate acid reflux related symptoms like heartburn and food regurgitation. Dr. Darido, acid reflux specialist, at Houston heartburn and Reflux Center,...

Jackhammer Esophagus

Jackhammer Esophagus

Miguel from South Houston asked us this question: “Can or is Hypercontractile esophagus a cause for Dyspnea/shortness of breath? I have Jackhammer esophagus.  I had fundoplication surgery 2 months ago and started eating solid food 2 weeks ago. I have a degree of dysphagia post-op...

Does Tobacco Chewing Cause Heartburn.

Can Chewing Tobacco Cause Heartburn?

Smokeless Tobacco and Heartburn A number of studies have implicated cigarette smoking as an etiological factor for acid reflux and heartburn. Nicotine relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter favoring acid reflux. Furthermore, smoking reduces saliva production. Saliva is rich in bicarbonates and help neutralize acid. Chewing tobacco...

Is Thanksgiving Synonymous with Heartburn for You?

Is Thanksgiving Synonymous with Heartburn for You?

Thanksgiving meal is the ultimate challenge for acid reflux patients. It is big, heavy and rich in an endless array of heartburn trigger foods. If you have a hiatal hernia and weak lower esophageal sphincter you are not likely to survive Thanksgiving without a major...