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When Tums Aren’t Enough
06/24/2010

CLEBURNE, Texas — Most people have battled heartburn after a meal. But if heartburn strikes several times a week, it may be a more serious cause of alarm, called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Dr. Yevgeniy Ostrinsky
Dr. Yevgeniy Ostrinsky

GERD typically happens when the muscle at the base of the esophagus doesn’t close properly, which enables stomach fluids to move back up into the esophagus, according to the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. GERD can occur at any age, including infants and children.

“Having heartburn once in awhile is your body’s way of telling you to avoid certain foods,” said Dr. Yevgeniy Ostrinsky, a gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “When symptoms strike more than once a week, it is important to consult a physician.”

Lifestyle changes that may lessen the pain include:

  • Avoiding alcohol, spicy foods or food that may trigger heartburn
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Avoiding eating before bed
  • Losing weight
  • Wearing loose clothing

For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/HealthInfo.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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