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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Dr.Mahmoud Zayed
(228) 872-4040
3704 Bienville Boulevard
Ocean Springs, MS
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cairo, Fac Of Med, Cairo
Year of Graduation: 1981
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, Ms
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Robert B Turnage
(601) 553-6000
1400 20th Ave
Meridian, MS
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Antoine B Rizk, MD
(228) 467-8400
835 Highway 90 Ste 22
Bay Saint Louis, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Joseph'S Univ, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1990

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Benjamin Talbot Rester, MD
(601) 984-2250
113 Linwood Dr
Brandon, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1999

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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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Mohammed Ismail Awaad, MD
179 Drinkwater Rd
Bay Saint Louis, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cairo, Fac Of Med, Cairo, Egypt (330-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1976

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Francisco J Sierra, MD
(662) 620-6800
1107 Earl Frye Blvd Ste 1
Amory, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac'L Auto De Honduras, Fac De Cien Med, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Graduation Year: 1981

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Thomas Michael Mc Farland, MD
(313) 916-2600
1800 12th St
Meridian, MS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1976

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Dr.James Johnson
(662) 327-3092
520 Willowbrook Road
Columbus, MS
Gender
M
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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