St Joseph Hospital Heartburn Center

Heartburn Overview

Heartburn is a painful, burning sensation felt in the chest or throat. Many people can manage discomfort associated with heartburn by making lifestyle changes and/or taking over-the-counter medications. However, persistent heartburn may point to a more serious medical condition. In fact, heartburn itself is not a condition, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition.

While there are many causes of heartburn, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions among heartburn sufferers. GERD is a chronic digestive disease in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus (food pipe), and over time can damage the lining of the esophagus. If left untreated, GERD can lead to complications such as narrowing of the esophagus, esophageal ulcers and Barrett's esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition).

Specialized Care

Our experts at the St. Joseph Hospital Heartburn Center are dedicated to providing the most advanced, personalized care to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions that cause heartburn.

If you would like more information about the Heartburn Center or need a referral to a St. Joseph Hospital gastroenterologist, please call the Heartburn Center referral line at 844-633-GERD (4363).

St. Joseph Hospital is pleased to offer specialized care for patients through the Heartburn Center. Our experts are committed to diagnosing and treating conditions that cause heartburn. Each of our physicians is highly trained in providing the latest therapies and minimally-invasive treatment options for esophageal and digestive disorders.

There are various conditions that cause heartburn. The conditions we treat at the Heartburn Center include:

  • Chronic and persistent heartburn
  • Chronic cough and hoarseness due to GERD
  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Food regurgitation
  • Diagnosis and ablation of Barrett's esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition)
  • Various dysfunctions of esophageal motility
  • Early esophageal cancer without surgery through endoscopic method
  • Esophageal strictures benign or malignant without surgery
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal fistula or leak using non surgical metal stent or clips
  • Post Bariatric surgery complications
  • Diagnosis and management of peptic ulcers and helicobacter pylori
  • Diagnosis and endoscopic treatment of early gastric cancer
  • Surveillance of gastric intestinal metaplasia

For more information about the St. Joseph Hospital Heartburn Center or for a referral to a gastroenterologist, please call 844-633-GERD (4363).