We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Secure Horizons near Willoughby, OH.

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Dr. Michael Kirsch, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
34940 Ridge Road; Suite B
Willoughby, OH
 

Dr. Michael Kirsch, who practices in Mentor, OH and Willoughby, OH, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kirsch's areas of expertise include heartburn, peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kirsch honors. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Kirsch attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include West Hospital and TriPoint Medical Center.

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Dr. Franjo Vladic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
34940 Ridge Road; Suite B
Willoughby, OH
 

Dr. Franjo Vladic's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: male incontinence, female incontinence, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with West Hospital and TriPoint Medical Center. Dr. Vladic is an in-network provider for Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Dr. Eshwar B Punjabi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
34940 Ridge Road; Suite B
Willoughby, OH
 

Dr. Eshwar Punjabi is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Punjabi attended medical school at the University of Mumbai. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). His clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include West Hospital and TriPoint Medical Center.

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Dr. Marinela L Turc Convery, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
36001 Euclid Avenue; Suite B11
Willoughby, OH
 

Dr. Marinela Turc-Convery practices general internal medicine in Willoughby, OH. Dr. Turc-Convery's areas of expertise include menopause, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Turc-Convery is affiliated with Hillcrest Hospital, Euclid Hospital, and Lake Health. Dr. Turc-Convery accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara for medical school, Dr. Turc-Convery completed Dr. Turc-Convery's residency training at Huron Hospital.

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Dr. Andrew Kwabena Brobbey, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
36001 Euclid Avenue; Suite B14
Willoughby, OH
 

Dr. Andrew Brobbey's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Brobbey studied medicine at the University of Ghana Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: male incontinence, thyroid problems, and female incontinence. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with West Hospital and Lake Health.

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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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