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The Reality of Heartburn

Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affect millions of people. Occasional symptoms of heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or nausea can be uncomfortable and annoying. However, when these symptoms persist, they may reflect a more serious digestive disorder that can have a significant impact on your life. We are here to help with a comprehensive program to treat esophageal and stomach (“foregut”) diseases using medical management, diagnostic technologies and minimally invasive surgical therapies.

The key to getting better is getting diagnosed.

We are happy to help you determine your next steps for finding relief.

You Are Not Alone

For heartburn sufferers, it’s important to understand the cause of your heartburn in order to find relief from the pain. Lifestyle changes and dietary changes can help, but understanding the underlying cause can help to establish a treatment plan that


of Americans suffer from heartburn pain at least one time each month.


of acid reflux sufferers report feeling their symptoms at night.


people in the US are on PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) which have been tied to a wide range of side effects.


We treat a variety of esophageal and stomach conditions that may be impacting your quality of life. The most common of the foregut diseases we treat is GERD. Click on the diseases below to learn more about


GERD / Heartburn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD signs and symptoms that are generally referred to as heartburn or reflux.


Hiatal Hernia

Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn't belong, it's called a hernia. The hiatus is an opening in the diaphragm -- the muscular wall separating the chest cavity from the abdomen. Normally, the esophagus (food pipe) goes through the hiatus and attaches to the stomach. In a hiatal hernia (also called hiatus hernia) the stomach bulges up into the chest through that opening.



Barrett’s esophagus is a condition affecting the lining of the esophagus, the swallowing tube that carries foods and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. Barrett's esophagus is caused by injury to the esophagus from the chronic backwash of stomach contents (like acid and enzymes) that occurs with acid reflux.



Gastroparesis occurs when your stomach cannot empty itself of food as quickly as it should. The result may be heartburn or GERD, nausea, or bloating.



Achalasia happens when the esophagus cannot squeeze food down toward the stomach and the valve closing the esophagus off from the stomach does not open resulting in food backing up into your esophagus.


Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal has no known cause but may result in heartburn symptoms, weight loss and loss of appetite in addition to other symptoms.


Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer can begin in cells in the inner layer of the stomach (Adenocarcinoma), or from the middle layer of the stomach wall (GIST tumor), or from the lymph supply of the stomach (Lymphoma). Over time, the cancer may invade more deeply into the stomach wall or spread to other organs. People with certain risk factors are more likely to develop stomach cancer.


Laryngeal-Pharyngeal Reflux

Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), also known as extraesophageal reflux disease, silent reflux, and supra-esophageal reflux, is caused by the flow of stomach contents back up through the esophagus and back into the larynx, oropharynx and/or the nasopharynx.

Attend a Heartburn Seminar

Did you know that approximately 25 million adult Americans suffer from heartburn*–the most common symptom of acid reflux or GERD–on a daily basis? If you’re one of them and are looking for options to treat chronic heartburn, you’re invited to attend this free seminar.


The Northwest Allied Heartburn Center’s team of surgeons, gastroenterologists, nurse practitioners, and dietitians are here to help you find answers. They will help  navigate you through diagnostic testing and treatment making it as easy as possible and is available to answer your questions and provide any assistance you might need along the way.


Our digestive health nurse navigator is happy to help you determine your next steps for finding relief.