Heartburn Prevention Starkville MS

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.

Wesley Stewart Bennett, MD
(662) 323-3049
PO Box 60
Starkville, MS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Riley Memorial Hospital, Meridian, Ms
Group Practice: Internal Medicine Clinic

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Nanni Pidikiti, MD
(662) 286-9393
703 Alcorn Dr Ste 104
Corinth, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kurnool Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Kurnool, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Magnolia Regional Health Cente, Corinth, Ms
Group Practice: Cardiology Clinic

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Dharmesh S Patel
(662) 349-1900
391 Southcrest Cir
Southaven, MS
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Hugo A Quintana
(228) 762-1002
4300 Hospital St Ste 102
Pascagoula, MS
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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James Barton Williams, MD
(662) 241-0050
255 Baptist Blvd Ste 305
Columbus, MS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1985

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David Herman Irwin Jr, MD
(662) 620-6800
903 Stark Rd
Starkville, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: North Mississippi Med Ctr, Tupelo, Ms; Oktibbeha County Hospital, Starkville, Ms
Group Practice: Cardiology Associates-North MS

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Ajay A Acharya
(228) 864-9513
515 Evergreen Dr
Long Beach, MS
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Hugo C Nievas
(228) 392-7429
1720a Medical Park Dr
Biloxi, MS
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Jay J Libys
(228) 868-5555
14055 Seaway Road
Gulfport, MS
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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George Marshall Reynolds Jr, MD
(601) 969-2860
501 Marshall St Ste 101
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Rankin Med Ctr, Brandon, Ms; Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates

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Spotlight on Heartburn

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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...

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