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Don't let heartburn hurt you: Know when it's serious

Chances are you've experienced heartburn at least once, along with the 60 million other Americans with this condition. When is it serious enough to see a doctor? What are the best treatment options? GERD web

Here's a chance to get your questions answered: Dr. Adrian Park, chair of surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center, is giving a free informational seminar about acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park March 26, 6-7 p.m.

According to Park, a recent study showed symptoms of GERD and heartburn has nearly doubled in the last decade, and when left untreated, GERD can cause serious complications or permanent damage in some patients.

"GERD occurs when stomach contents wash or reflux back up into the esophagus. GERD can affect people at any age. However, the risk for developing GERD increases after age 40," Park says.

He will share information about medication options, surgical procedures and lifestyle management.

To find out more and to register for the free program, call 443-481-5555.

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