Contact: Rachel Shubert
Bethesda, MD (Nov. 22, 2016) — As we approach the holidays, many factors can increase the occurrence of heartburn in those that may not experience it regularly. Today, AGA released a video to better inform the public of signs, causes and remedies for heartburn that can help people avoid the burn this holiday season. Heartburn is the main symptom of a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or acid reflux.
AGA offers the following tips to beat holiday heartburn:
- Try eating small meals throughout the day.
- Save leftovers instead of trying to eat it all.
- Cut down on alcohol and tobacco.
- Sleep with extra pillows behind you.
- Try over-the-counter medicine.
- If all fails, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist (GI). Use AGA’s GI locator service to find a doctor.
This video supports GERD Awareness Week, which takes place Nov. 20-26. It is no coincidence that GERD Awareness Week overlaps with Thanksgiving, a time when the public consumes larger meals than usual, which can lead to heartburn. Join us in raising awareness of what heartburn is and how to prevent it by sharing this video.
Learn more about GERD by visiting www.gastro.org/GERD and reviewing our resources:
Here is the full version of AGA’s holiday heartburn video:
About the AGA Institute
The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.www.gastro.org.