We found 6 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Ernest Leonard Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2025 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Digiovanni works as a gastroenterologist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Digiovanni is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Louis Aviles, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Aviles's areas of expertise include acid reflux (GERD). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aviles's medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel is an anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kanaan accepts. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente works as an internal medicine hospitalist in Clearwater, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saccente accepts. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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