Is it “Heartburn” or is it Reflux?
Do you have GERD? (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease)
Measure Yourself on the Richter Scale/Acid Test
How significant is your heartburn? What are the chances that it is something more serious? If you need a yardstick, here’s a simple self-test developed by a panel of experts from the American College of Gastroenterology. Remember, if you have heartburn two or more times a week, or still have symptoms on your over-the-counter or prescription medicines, see your doctor.
Take this “Richter Scale/Acid Test” to see if you’re a GERD sufferer and are taking the right steps to treat it.
1 Do you frequently have one or more of the following:
a. an uncomfortable feeling behind the breastbone that seems to be moving upward from the stomach?
b. a burning sensation in the back of your throat?
c. a bitter acid taste in your mouth?
2 Do you often experience these problems after meals?
3 Do you experience heartburn or acid indigestion two or more times per week?
4 Do you find that antacids only provide temporary relief from your symptoms?
5 Are you taking prescription medication to treat heartburn, but still having symptoms?
If you said yes to two or more of the above, you may have GERD.
.Leon E. Kurtz, M.D., F.A.C.P., Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Kings Highway Center 3245 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11229 718-615-3438
Board Certified, Internal Medicine, Board Certified, Gastroenterology, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Fellow, American College of Physicians
Member, American College of Gastroenterology, Member, American Medical Association
Dr. Leon Kurtz, M.D., F.A.C.P., Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition