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Exp. Dr. Akın: "We have many reflux patients who went to the heart doctor"
Gastroentology Specialist Dr. Onur Akın said that some reflux patients went to the heart doctor because they thought they had chest pain and shortness of breath as a heart disease.
Medova Hospital Gastroentology Specialist Dr. Onur Akın said that reflux means that people who eat and drink come back to the mouth with the gastric juice. Speaking about the causes of reflux by saying "This can sometimes be with typical findings as well as atypical findings. In other words, the patient may not be able to feel this", Uzm. Dr. Onur Akın said, “Hoarseness, cough, annoying cough, the need to clean the throat can also come with erosions in the tooth we call dental, ie a hidden reflux. So the disease may seem like a mask to us. We may have some difficulties in diagnosis. We have many reflux patients who go to the heart doctor with the thought of heart disease when it is accompanied by shortness of breath and chest diseases, and sometimes even with burning in the chest, even with angiography. When nothing comes out, patients come to us again in most of the angiographies.
"Night meal makes reflux easier"
Explaining the reasons that increase reflux, Akın said, “What we eat, what we drink, anatomical disorders in the esophagus, diseases such as stomach hernia facilitate reflux. Consumption of fatty foods, onions, garlic and dense raw vegetables triggers reflux. Especially sweets, chocolate foods, mint drinks, peppermint decrease the pressure in the esophagus and increase the return. Heavy meals eaten at night, lying down immediately after a meal also facilitates reflux as a position. In the diagnosis and treatment of reflux, it is always necessary to consult a gastroentologist when standard treatments are not enough.
"If untreated it causes stenosis in the esophagus"
Noting that the vast majority of the disease is treated with stomach protectors, Akın said: “We are treating, but in cases where the patient does not want to use drugs, there are both endoscopic methods, especially in 10 percent of the patients, reflux treatment can be performed with the surgical methods we prefer. If reflux is not treated, it causes some strictures at the lower end of the esophagus. Even if it is very small, unwanted negative diseases can also start. These are low in percentage as a complication of reflux. In resistant reflux, the relevant gastroentology specialist should be consulted. If unconscious medication is used, they should take medicines and diets regularly, with the recommendation of the physician.