Acid Reflux Disease
Acid reflux occurs when the muscle ring that controls stomach entry fails to prevent contact between the acids in your digestive tract and your esophagus. The result is a burning sensation in your chest, sometimes described as heartburn though the heart isn’t responsible. If you experience acid reflux two or more times weekly, you are suffering from acid reflux disease. Another name for the disease is gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
Acid reflux is a common medical condition; it is estimated that more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn monthly. It is typically more discomforting than harmful but, if left untreated, it can have negative health consequences. In some cases, acid reflux leads to inflammation and bleeding of the esophagus, known as esophagitis. Less frequently, it results in a condition known as Barrett’s esophagus, which has been linked to certain cancers.
Diverticulitis is a medical condition defined by infected or inflamed diverticula, which are small pouches that form in the lining of the digestive system, typically in the large intestine or colon. Diverticula are common in older populations and don’t always result in health complications. Mild versions of the disease are treated with prescription medications and lifestyle changes; more severe forms may require corrective surgery.
Among Americans, an estimated one in ten persons over age 40, and one in two over age 60, develop diverticula. Roughly one-quarter of these show the symptoms associated with diverticulitis. The disease is not contagious.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also known as spastic colon, is a medical condition involving abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, and changes in defecation without apparent cause due to injury or disease. Its symptoms are variable.
Irritable bowel syndrome is common; one estimate places the number of Americans suffering from IBS between 7 and 16 percent of the population. It affects both sexes and all ages but is more likely in women and persons younger than 45 years old.
Cancer begins when abnormal cancerous cells grow together to form masses called tumors. Pancreatic cancer can start in the tissues of the pancreas, which lies behind the lower part of the stomach and helps with digestion and controls blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called a “silent disease” because it may not cause symptoms in the early stages. Pancreatic cancer is usually diagnosed at more advanced stages.
Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville is known for advanced, superior care for patients with cancer and the diagnosis, treatment and management of pancreatic cancer. You will appreciate timely appointments and a professional, friendly atmosphere where we take time to listen to your concerns.
At Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville, you have access to the region’s most comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of specialists and innovative therapies, including many available only through specialized clinical trials. In every way, we work to demonstrate the utmost in excellent care to those who trust us with their health.