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We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Bronze Compass Balanced 6500 near Irving, TX.

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Dr. Neville Francis Fernandes, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Neville Fernandes' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Fernandes include diarrhea, indigestion, and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Fernandes is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC), and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). He attended the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan.

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Dr. Raymond Anthony Vallera, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Raymond Vallera's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Vallera include diarrhea, indigestion, and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Vallera is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC), and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). After completing medical school at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Vallera accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Juan Martinez is an adult gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), hepatitis C, and celiac disease. Dr. Martinez's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC), and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martinez honors. Dr. Martinez is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Rikin Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC), and Medical City Hospital (Dallas).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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.