Heartburn Symptoms

Improve Your Quality of Life

If you have heartburn, regurgitation, swallowing difficulties or even symptoms in your throat such as cough and hoarseness, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can make your life miserable. It affects eating habits, work productivity, sleep, and just your overall quality of life.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can cause a wide array of symptoms and each person’s experience can be very different. You are not alone. GERD affects millions of people – up to 40 percent of the population of the US. Some try to modify their lifestyle, while others take antacids or other over-the-counter medications. Many are prescribed powerful medications designed to be taken for life. Yet, many still suffer and crave relief. If this is you, we understand and are here to help.

Evaluation Process

​Initial evaluation begins with the team reviewing personal and family health history while exploring the ways reflux acid is impacting a patient’s quality of life. Every effort is made to provide complete information on the anatomy of the esophagus and stomach, comparing normal function with the manifestations of lower esophageal sphincter (LES) failure and the correlation of resulting symptoms that the patient is experiencing. Clear discussions explaining diagnostic testing assure that patients are comfortable and well informed for each procedure and how the results will be used in planning disease management.

Our team is dedicated to providing patients all the resources needed to make an informed, shared decision and support them throughout the process.

Contact Us Today

Patients should be referred by their primary care physician. Learn more about the criteria for a referral here. or seek more information by contacting the Northern Light Heartburn Program’s specially trained Nurse Coordinator:

Zina Black, RN, BSN, CNOR, Hernia & Heartburn Program Coordinator
zblack@northernlight.org or 207.973.5077