We found 11 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept HealthSmart near Elk Grove Village, IL.

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla sees patients in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. His residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Dr. Kagalwalla is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Catherine Jane Hunter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
800 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Catherine Hunter is a specialist in pediatric general surgery. She works in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Hunter obtained her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hunter welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Esophageal Surgery, Hernia, Stomach ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
880 W Central Road
Arlington Hts, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bass is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bass trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Bass focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bass is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Utpal Paul Parekh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. Utpal Parekh specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Addison, IL. In addition to English, Dr. Parekh (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, hepatitis, and hemorrhoid banding. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). After attending Medical College and Hospital Kolkata for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maricopa Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Hemorrhoid Banding, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
701 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gunasekaran include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Bradley D Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shapiro is especially interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Shapiro is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. John Moran is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and gastroscopy. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moran accepts. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ball Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Colonoscopy, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian J Muska, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Brian Muska, who practices in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Muska's practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Muska has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Joseph Anthony Lagattuta Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
303 E Army Trl Road; Suite 203
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Lagattuta's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, gastroscopy, and celiac disease. Dr. Lagattuta is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Asad S Aziz, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Asad Aziz's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Midwestern University. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Aziz's areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Medicine
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 202, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Phillip Cacioppo specializes in general surgery and vascular medicine (blood vessel disease). After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, thyroid problems, and stomach problems. Patients rated Dr. Cacioppo highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cacioppo is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Breast Issues, Pancreatic Cancer, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder ... (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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