Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are painful. They can make sleeping very difficult due to intense burning in the chest, regurgitation, or even choking at night. GERD symptoms are more than just a nuisance; however, they are dangerous.
If you suffer with GERD symptoms at night, you are in fact at an 11-fold risk of developing esophageal cancer, which is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. The danger is posed by recurrent exposure to stomach acid when it escapes into the delicate lining of your esophagus and beyond, sometimes even up into your upper respiratory pathways.
Dangers of prolonged acid exposure
GERD symptoms should be taken seriously as prolonged acid exposure has been linked to serious health consequences, such as erosive esophagitis, peptic stricture, and esophageal ulcerations.
Long-term exposure to stomach acid, actually changes the tissue in your digestive track over time to pre-cancerous tissue, referred to as Barrett’s esophagus. The development of Barrett’s esophagus has been shown to be the pre-cursor to esophageal cancer, the fastest growing cancer in the U.S.
The next time you have heartburn, a hoarse voice, or chronic cough, think about what this means for your digestive and upper respiratory pathways. What damage is being done? Keeping the acid away from where it does not belong is important for not only better sleep but for your long-term health.
New natural treatment
Many patients are finding great relief at night with the MedCline Reflux Relief System. This sleep positioning medical device creates (and maintains) the ideal position for patients at night to naturally relieve their GERD symptoms, including heartburn, regurgitation, and lesser-known symptoms of ‘silent reflux’, such as chronic cough, and nasal congestion. Clinical studies have shown that MedCline reduces esophageal acid exposure (acid that escapes your stomach into the delicate lining of your esophagus and beyond) by 87% over a bed wedge.
Why is MedCline so effective? Gravity and anatomy. By keeping your esophagus above your stomach, acid cannot escape. And, by keeping you in this position, you won’t slide down exposing yourself the risk of acid exposure. Simple science in action, all while you sleep.
Protect yourself from long-term acid exposure. You will be able to sleep better knowing that you are protecting your body in the short term and the long term.