Heartburn Prevention Natchitoches LA

Yet heartburn, while not as catastrophic as the dissolution of a family, can be pretty miserable. It hurts like crazy, robs you of sleep, and can be terrifying when mistaken for a heart attack (see “Heartburn or Heart Attack?” page 33). And it’s exacerbated by stress (as in, divorce). One version, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD—the result of chronic, untreated heartburn—has even been linked to cancer.

Christopher Lee Ingram, MD
(318) 214-4550
603 Saint Clair Ave
Natchitoches, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1991

Data Provided by:
Robert Carl Hernandez, MD
(318) 932-2241
PO Box 589
Coushatta, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Highland Hospital, Shreveport, La; Christus Coushatta Health Care, Coushatta, La
Group Practice: Coushatta Health Care Centerx

Data Provided by:
Harry L Colcolough Jr, MD
(504) 245-0529
7162 Parkside Ct
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: University Hosp/Med Ctr Of La, New Orleans, La; Pendleton Mem Meth Hosp, New Orleans, La; Lakeland Med Ctr, New Orleans, La

Data Provided by:
Chris Owen Woodard, MD
(337) 439-1737
2800 1st Ave Ste C
Lake Charles, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided by:
Mehmood M Patel
(337) 234-3249
401 Saint Julien Ave
Lafayette, LA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided by:
Dr.Christopher Ingram
(318) 354-0552
501 Keyser Avenue
Natchitoches, LA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

Data Provided by:
Naseem A Jaffrani, MD
(318) 473-4613
501 Medical Center Dr
Alexandria, LA
Business
Alexandria Cardiology Clinic
Specialties
Cardiology

Data Provided by:
Mary Ann Richter, MD
(504) 244-3004
508 Walnut St
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1970

Data Provided by:
Bryan James Bienvenu
(225) 767-1311
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided by:
Scott Wayne Sims, MD
2512 Burdette St Apt 1
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1997

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Spotlight on Heartburn

Provided by: 

By Michael Castleman

When Sandy Bush, 35, of Canyon Country, California, went to see his doctor complaining of extreme heartburn, it seemed like the least of his problems. His wife had just left him for another man, and he was trying to help their two young children through a messy divorce.

Yet heartburn, while not as catastrophic as the dissolution of a family, can be pretty miserable. It hurts like crazy, robs you of sleep, and can be terrifying when mistaken for a heart attack (see “Heartburn or Heart Attack?” page 33). And it’s exacerbated by stress (as in, divorce). One version, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD—the result of chronic, untreated heartburn—has even been linked to cancer.

This irksome condition has become epidemic: Half of all Americans experience the occasional bout, and 15 percent—that’s 43 million people—get it frequently enough to consult a doctor. In fact, heartburn is so common that the leading medications, Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), are among the world’s most frequently prescribed drugs. The New York Times reported that last year, Prilosec (a.k.a. “the purple pill”) racked up U.S. sales of $4.6 billion—more than the profits for McDonald’s, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut combined.

PPIs do work better than other heartburn drugs, relieving symptoms in 90 percent of cases. But they have a troubling—and underpublicized—downside: They actually make heartburn worse after you stop taking them.

Here’s why: Heartburn happens when a ring of muscle that surrounds the base of the esophagus weakens or is overpowered by upward pressure from the abdomen, allowing acid to back up or “reflux” into the esophagus, explains Jana Nalbandian, an assistant professor of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle. PPIs work by minimizing stomach acid, but they also increase gastrin, the enzyme that triggers acid production. Stop taking a PPI and you get “rebound hypersecretion,” which means that your stomach actually produces more acid than before. “PPIs are like a dam on a river,” says gastroenterologist Neil Stollman, an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. “The dam cuts the flow to a trickle. But remove the dam, and the river floods.” As a result, those who discontinue PPIs typically rush back to their doctors and beg for more; Stollman says his patients call Prilosec “purple crack.” To get off PPIs, users must wean themselves slowly over several weeks.

Fortunately, there’s another solution, one that targets prevention rather than controlling symptoms. Of course, it’s a bit more work because it requires a number of lifestyle changes rather than just popping a pill. “Heartburn prevention is a balancing act,” Nalbandian says.

Still, Sandy Bush decided to go this route after his doctor explained its many advantages. “He told me if I made some behaviorial changes, I could probably get better without m...

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...