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By Daniel J Alpert MD
October 25, 2021
Category: GI Conditions
Tags: Heartburn  

Heartburn, also known as acid reflux can be both a painful and worrisome condition. Although occasional heartburn is not uncommon, recurrent heartburn can affect your health, eating habits, and even your sleep patterns. Dr. Daniel Alpert can help. Keep reading to learn more about recurrent heartburn in New York, NY.

What Causes Heartburn?

If you are suffering from heartburn or acid reflux you might have wondered what causes this condition in the first place. Reflux is a condition caused by an overproduction of stomach acid. When there is an overproduction of stomach acid, it will travel up the esophagus. Stomach acid is very strong and the soft tissue of the esophagus is not designed for long-term exposure to this acid. A painful sensation will result.

Symptoms of Reflux

The symptoms of acid reflux in New York, NY, can vary from person to person, but in most cases, the following symptoms will be present:

  • A stinging or burning sensation in the chest and throat
  • Acid coming up in the mouth
  • Sleep disturbances

Many people seem to see the most severe symptoms at night when they are trying to rest. This can sometimes be caused by the fact that most people eat their heaviest meal in the evening before bed.

How To Help Recurrent Heartburn

There are a few things you can do at home to help relieve your acid reflux in New York, NY. One of the best ways to treat your reflux is to be careful what you eat. Certain foods will make this condition much worse. Foods that are very acidic, such as tomatoes and citrus, tend to make reflux worse.

Another way to help yourself is to avoid eating late at night. If you eat late at night and then go to bed, there is more chance of stomach acid coming up the esophagus. Eat early in the evening and wait before lying down. Some people find that sleeping somewhat propped up can also help reduce the instance of reflux.

If your reflux does not go away on its own, you may want to consider visiting the doctor. A doctor will be able to evaluate your condition to determine if medication is needed. There are several medications that can help lessen the severity of acid reflux in New York, NY.

If you would like to learn more about this condition, please contact Dr. Alpert at (212) 599-7910.

By Daniel J Alpert MD
April 06, 2021
Category: GI Conditions
Tags: Colon Cancer  

Dr. Daniel Alpert performs colonoscopies in New York, NY, for patients concerned about colon cancer. According to the CDC, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. You should be screened yearly between the ages of 50 and 75, even if you are not having any symptoms.

Colonoscopies can find and remove precancerous polyps even when you haven't had any symptoms, which is why a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years. Your gastroenterologist will want to know your family history because if a family member has had colon cancer you could be at an elevated risk. If you are at an elevated risk for colon cancer, your doctor will recommend different screening tests so that you have one every year.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment to come see us in New York, NY:

  • Abdominal pain. Everyone has pain in the gut sometimes, but persistent abdominal pain with cramps or gas isn't normal and could be a sign of tearing of the bowel.
  • Blood in the stool. Blood in the stool also changes the color of the stool to black.
  • Diarrhea that lasts longer than a week.
  • Constipation that lasts longer than a week.
  • Any other change in bowel habits, including any incontinence.
  • Unexplained weight loss. Most patients with colon cancer lose weight at some point.

Any of these symptoms could mean you have precancerous polyps in the colon, but these can also happen without you ever experiencing symptoms which is why yearly screenings are so important. If it's not time for you to have a colonoscopy, your doctor may recommend a different screening test that involves a stool sample or a less invasive procedure called a flexible sigmoidoscopy.

If you are concerned about colon cancer, Dr. Daniel Alpert is here for you in New York, NY. Contact us for an appointment at (212) 599-7910.

By Daniel J Alpert MD
July 20, 2020
Category: GI Conditions
Tags: Ulcer  

Ulcers are sores in the lining of the stomach or the small intestine. Sometimes ulcers can even be on your esophagus. If you think you may have an ulcer and you live in New York, schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Alpert. Dr. Alpert specializes in medical conditions relating to the stomach. Until then, read on to learn more about ulcers and how they affect your health.

Causes of Ulcers in New York

Inside your stomach is a thick layer of mucus that protects it from digestive juices. When the mucus layer is reduced, digestive acids attack the lining of your stomach. This causes ulcers.

Long-term use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can cause ulcers. These non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can irritate the inner lining of the small intestine and stomach.

Helicobacter pylori bacteria live in the layer of mucus that protects the tissue lining the stomach and small intestine. When it becomes infected, an ulcer can form.

Symptoms of Ulcers

Burning stomach pain is a common symptom of an ulcer. Other symptoms include heartburn, nausea, a feeling of fullness in the stomach, belching, and intolerance of fatty foods.

Sometimes you may experience symptoms such as vomiting, vomiting blood, changes in appetite, unexplained weight loss, feeling like you are going to faint, dark blood in your stools, or breathing difficulties. Talk to your Ulcer New York specialist right away when experiencing any of these.

Medical Treatment for Ulcers

Stomach ulcers are usually easy to treat, but they can cause severe issues if you don't receive treatment. When you have an ulcer and you live in New York, Dr. Daniel Alpert can help you determine which treatment is best for your specific situation. If your doctor believes you have an ulcer, he or she may switch you to another pain medication if the one you are taking appears to be causing the ulcer. If the doctor believes that Helicobacter pylori bacteria is causing your ulcer, he or she will provide medical treatment for the infection.

When the Ulcer New York specialist eliminates the cause of the ulcer, he or she will then begin to treat the stomach ulcer by protecting it from stomach acid. This will allow the ulcer to heal.

Typical ulcer treatments include antacids or over-the-counter medication like Pepto Bismol that protect the stomach lining. Doctors may also prescribe a medication that blocks acid-producing cells. This type of medicine is called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).

Doctors may also choose to prescribe H2-receptor antagonists, medicine that prevents your stomach from producing excessive amounts of acid.

Schedule Your Appointment

When you have an ulcer and live in New York, it's important to receive medical treatment so that your condition doesn't worsen. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Alpert so that he can help you eliminate your stomach ulcer. Contact us at 212-599-7910 for an appointment.