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Heartburn in New Jersey

The Digestive Health & Nutrition Center has two convenient locations in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey where you can receive the exceptional care you deserve. Angela Merlo, MD is an experienced Gastroenterologist, dedicated to providing the most accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan for adults and children with heartburn.

What is Heartburn?

Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning pain in the chest or throat. Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid moves up into the esophagus. Some acid reflux is normal. Acid reflux becomes a medical problem when it causes bothersome symptoms (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD) or injury to the esophagus (reflux esophagitis).

Do I Need a Gastroenterologist for My Heartburn?

  • Adults with heartburn should seek medical attention when
  • Heartburn occurs more than two or three times per week
  • Pain occurs with swallowing
  • There is the sensation that food is stuck in the esophagus
  • Choking occurs while eating or drinking
  • Stomach contents regurgitate into the mouth

Children with acid reflux may or may not experience heartburn. Clues that your child may have significant acid reflux are

  • Asthma
  • Unexplained vomiting
  • Loss of appetite, not wanting to eat
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Throat pain

Gastroenterologists are the physicians that specialize in disorders of digestion. Dr. Angela Merlo is an experienced Gastroenterologist and is dedicated to providing the most accurate diagnosis for you or your child. Tests such as endoscopy, pH monitoring, and esophageal manometry are available with Dr. Merlo at the Digestive Health & Nutrition Center for those people who require the benefits of advanced technology. Treatment involves changes in lifestyle and diet. Medications may also be necessary to prevent ongoing damage to internal organs. Ask Dr. Merlo what treatment is right for you.

If you are concerned about heartburn for you or your child, contact the Digestive Health & Nutrition Center in Lawrenceville or Princeton, New Jersey for an appointment with Dr. Merlo.