Heartburn Can Be Serious. For many, holiday feasts can end in heartburn, but it could be a sign of something more serious. Timed perfectly for Thanksgiving, GERD Awareness Week is November 18 – 24, 2012.

“Heartburn is the main symptom of GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, also called acid reflux,” explains Basher Atiquzzaman, MD, “Dr. Atiq”, founder of The Heartburn Center at the Center for Digestive & Liver Disease.

“It may seem harmless, but the acid that causes heartburn can lead to deadly Esophageal Cancer, the fastest growing cancer diagnosis in the nation.”

GERD is a flow of acid from the stomach upward into the esophagus that can cause the cells of the esophagus to change. This condition is known as Barrett’s Esophagus which affects 3 million people in the US and can lead to Esophageal Cancer.
Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus have a one in 20 chance of developing aggressive Esophageal Cancer in their lifetime. The survival rate of Esophageal Cancer is extremely low, largely because it’s detected too late.

“It’s important to seek medical treatment for symptoms of GERD, the most common being heartburn,” comments Dr. Atiq. “Early detection saves lives.”

New outpatient procedures for Barrett’s Esophagus have produced cure rates of 98 percent, virtually eliminating the risk of developing Esophageal Cancer. A multitude of esophageal and stomach disorders can be screened with one simple test. For more information, call 407-932-6193 or visit

About Center for Digestive & Liver Disease:
Center for Digestive & Liver Disease, led by Dr. Atiq, is home of The Heartburn Center. As a full service medical practice, they specialize in the treatment of
diseases and disorders that affect the stomach, colon, intestines, liver, pancreas and esophagus. Same day appointments are available. Dr. Atiq has served the Central

Florida community for nearly a decade. He is board certified in gastroenterology and
specializes in the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of digestive and liver
disorders and diseases.
2400 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 302
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Phone: 407-932-6193

One Comment Add yours

  1. Richard says:

    I am so glad that people are talking about this, especially around the holidays. I deal with GERD all the time, and I have been looking for some tips for this holiday. I found some here that look promising: Have a gerd-free holiday!

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