Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the chronic presence of acid reflux, which is when stomach acid flows the wrong way back into your esophagus. While almost everyone experiences acid reflux at some point or another, GERD occurs when symptoms appear mildly at least twice a week or severely at least once a week.
What is it?
Who does it affect?
What causes it?
A chronic GI condition, GERD occurs when the muscle between your esophagus and stomach stops closing properly. As a result, food and liquid from your stomach rises back up into the esophagus, causing irritation including symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation.
GERD is a common condition that affects about 20% of the US population. Risk factors include age (people over age 40 are at higher risk), smoking, pregnancy, obesity, and other GI conditions like a hiatal hernia and delayed stomach emptying.
There is no one exact cause of GERD, but a combination of preexisting conditions and external risk factors can increase your risk of developing it. Other triggers may include taking certain medications such as aspirin or eating fried or spicy food. Without proper treatment, GERD can cause lasting complications.
THE EVENS APPROACH
Treating GERD with continuous, integrated care
Everyone is unique. So when it comes to treating GERD, it depends on you—and your symptoms, diet, mental health, and lifestyle. That’s why our experts take a continuous care approach, working closely with you to identify the right combination of treatments that provide real, lasting relief. We won’t give up until we get it right, whether that’s on our first try, or our fourth.
Fine-tuning your treatment plan
We adjust your treatments in response to changes in your symptoms and lifestyle until we find a plan that provides long-term relief.
If necessary, we’ll order a blood, stool, or breath test to learn more about what’s going on inside your body.
An integrated mix of treatments
Ongoing expert guidance
Your treatment plan may include dietary recommendations and proven CBT methods, in addition to OTC and Rx medications.
We check in with you on a quarterly basis, and are always here to answer questions and provide support via messaging and email.
Real customers, real results
"I had severe heart burn. There were nights I would wake up with my nose leaking with stomach acid. Within a week of starting Evens, that all stopped. I can't express my thanks enough for providing me with that much relief."
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