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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)


Yazan Abu Qwaider, MD, practices at North Colorado Medical Center.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) Video - Full Transcription

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Image: Background graphic with GERD prominently displayed throughout video.

Image: Yazan Abu Qwaider, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Text: Yazan Abu Qwaider, MD - Board Certified Gastroenterologist
North Colorado Medical Center

Audio:  “I’m Dr. Yazan Qwaider, a board certified gastroenterologist at North Colorado Medical Center. Gastroesophageal reflux is a disease in which acid from the stomach flows back into the esophagus causing irritation and possibly damage.”

Text: Acid Reflux

Image: Esophagus X-ray

Audio:  “The exact cause of reflux is not completely understood and many factors are involved.  Some degree of reflux is normal in everyone.  Episodes of normal reflux typically occur after meals, are brief and without symptoms, and rarely occur during sleep. Acid reflux becomes a problem when a person has frequent symptoms or the esophagus becomes damaged.”

Text: Common Symptoms: Heartburn, Burning in chest

Audio:  “The more common symptoms of GERD are heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest, which is estimated to affect 10 million adults in the U.S.”

Text: Common Symptoms: Difficulty swallowing, Persistent sore throat, Taste of acid in the throat, Chronic cough

Audio:  “Some of the less common symptoms include: difficulty swallowing, persistent sore throat, a taste of acid in the throat, chronic cough and many others.”

Text: Report Immediately: Food stuck in esophagus, Unexplained weight loss, Chest pain, Choking, Vomiting blood

Audio:  “If you experience food getting stuck in the esophagus, unexplained weight loss, chest pain, choking or vomiting blood, this may indicate a more serious problem and should be reported to a health care provider immediately.”

Text: Treatment: Dietary changes, Medication, Surgery

Audio:  “Initial treatment for mild reflux include dietary changes and using non-prescription medications such as Pepcid AC®. Patients with moderate to serious symptoms that occur twice a week or more, usually require treatment with prescription medications.  Surgical treatment may be an option for a person who has long-standing symptoms and is seeking an alternative to long-term medical therapy.”

Text: Consult your physician for more information.

Audio:  “Consult your physician for more information.”

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