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We found 3 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept BlueCross BlueShield PPO/Trust near Dearborn, MI.

Dr. Baldev Kumar Malik, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2176 Fort Street
Lincoln Park, MI
 

Dr. Baldev Malik's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, and peptic ulcer. Dr. Malik's hospital/clinic affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Oakwood Hospital - Taylor, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Guru Nanak Dev University, Government Medical College, Amritsar, and Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school, he completed his residency training at Easton Hospital and Chicago Medical School. Dr. Malik (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Fuad Azrak, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
18100 Oakwood Boulevard; Suite 205
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. M. Azrak's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, and peptic ulcer. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Azrak completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Azrak is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Wayne, Oakwood Hospital - Taylor, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Ulcerative Colitis, Bile Duct Problems, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Rana Rafic Sabbagh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
23500 Park; Suite Suite 2b
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Rana Sabbagh practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sabbagh's education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Her clinical interests include stomach problems, crohn's disease, and small intestine disorders. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sabbagh honors. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Oakwood Hospital - Taylor, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Upper Endoscopy, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, ... (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.