Recent studies estimate that approximately 13% to 25% of people suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. This condition is a painful reality that manifests as heartburn or acid indigestion for many people, including pregnant women.
Because GERD can be treated with simple lifestyle changes or may require medication or surgery, understanding the various causes and preventative actions is critical to minimizing the harmful effects of acid reflux and larger underlying causes. To raise awareness on GERD, members of the community in Jacksonville, FL on February 2, 2019 for an informative women’s health lecture organized by BAPS Charities. The health awareness lecture was presented by Dr. Shilpa Shah, and covered the basics on common causes of GERD, treatment and prevention tools. Attendees went home with detailed information about concrete steps they could take to minimize the risk of GERD.