Heartburn and digestive health are focus of hospital event

Posted: 1/8/2018

To help those who have indigestion, Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer “Get the Facts about Reflux,” a talk on heartburn and esophagus health, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The no-cost educational event will be held in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room and will repeat on the third Tuesday of every month. The hospital is at 6511 Springbrook Road.

Information will be geared for adults suffering from severe digestive symptoms after they eat. Symptoms may be chest pain or pressure, a burning throat, regurgitating food, trouble swallowing, heartburn, a dry cough and more.

“If someone has the occasional pain in their chest right after they eat, it’s probably a case of heartburn managed through a healthier diet,” said Dr. Brian Binetti, a general surgeon at Health Quest Medical Practice. “But when the pain is severe and chronic, they may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is more serious and should be treated by a specialist.”

Participants will learn how to differentiate between heartburn and reflux, and explore treatment options such as the Linx Reflux Management System, a minimally invasive procedure.

“We want to help answer questions people may have since it’s important to know if there is damage happening to the digestive system and get them back to enjoying their favorite foods again,” Binetti said.

Seating is limited. To register, call Health Quest Medical Practice at 845-871-3177 (TTY 800-421-1220).

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