Heartburn Center

The 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).