We found 7 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Health Plus HMO near Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Sam Weissman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
202 Foster Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Sam Weissman specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Weissman has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weissman include ulcers, anemia, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weissman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. Dr. Weissman (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
336; 78 Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Nidal Khoury practices adult gastroenterology in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Khoury studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoury include ulcers, anemia, and hepatitis. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khoury (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Khoury is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Rectal Problems, Hiatal Hernia, Parasitic Infection, Biliary Disorders, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Greene Avenue; Suite 2f
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Jahid Ahamed is an adult gastroenterologist in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Ahamed's areas of expertise include pancreas problems, hepatitis, and gallbladder problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Healthfirst, and more. He graduated from MAG Osmani Medical College, Sylhet. Dr. Ahamed's residency was performed at Interfaith Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ahamed (or staff) speaks Urdu, Bengali, and Hindi. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, General Internal Medicine, Adult Allergy & Immunology
1029 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Michael Richheimer specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology, general internal medicine, and adult allergy & immunology and practices in Brooklyn, NY, Bay Shore, NY, and Long Beach, NY. He studied medicine at St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Richheimer completed a residency program at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), allergy testing, and eczema. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Richheimer is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Richheimer (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and German. Dr. Richheimer is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, Northport VA Medical Center, and South Nassau Communities Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Influenza, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, Skin Biopsy, Skin Issues, Sinusitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Joseph Peterson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
506 Sixth Street; Nymh Department of Medicine
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Peterson is a general internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Peterson include mitral valve prolapse, anemia, and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Peterson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare. Before performing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Dr. Peterson attended Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine for medical school. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Peterson is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Mitral Valve Prolapse, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
5923 16th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Liliya Drukman is a general pediatrician. Clinical interests for Dr. Drukman include obesity, autism, and acid reflux (GERD). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Drukman's education and training includes medical school at Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Drukman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian. She is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Allergies, Acid Reflux, Obesity, Autism

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
326 79th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Maha Awikeh specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Brooklyn, NY. Her clinical interests include platelet disorders, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Awikeh is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Awikeh honors. Dr. Awikeh studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. She trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for her residency. She is conversant in Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Disorders, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Bone ... (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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