Why Take Part in a GERD Clinical Research Study?
Commonly known as heartburn or acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a health concern for nearly 20% of U.S. adults. While it is usually a treatable disorder, GERD could lead to Barrett’s esophagus or other serious health issues in the absence of proper care. If you suspect that you're experiencing GERD, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants conducts clinical trials to find innovative approaches to identify and treat the disease. Reach out to our DFW gastroenterology team to discover the potential benefits of taking part in GERD clinical research and learn more about the research process.
Clinical trials for GERD research
Clinical trials are a critical step in the medical research process. They provide our skilled research physicians with the knowledge and insight to discover new, effective ways to treating diseases, like GERD. Participating in research trials is completely voluntary and carries no expense for the volunteer. Those who participate can receive new medications, therapies, and treatments, along with personalized attention for their medical need. In the event you would like to partake in a clinical research trial, you will have your condition tracked more meticulously than those who are undergoing traditional treatment. To volunteer for a GERD clinical trial to receive care for gastroesophageal reflux disease, get in touch with our GI offices in DFW today to receive more information.
Do I have GERD?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is at times referred to as heartburn or acid reflux. Nearly one-fifth of the U.S. adult population is living with GERD, and it is increasing in prevalence. When an individual experiences acid reflux, acid and other stomach contents surge back into the esophageal area, often resulting in a burning sensation in the throat and upper chest. This digestive condition could be exacerbated by a number of sources, such as alcohol, spicy foods, smoking, and eating late at night. Additional health conditions, including pregnancy and being overweight, may also increase the chance of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Common symptoms of GERD
Patients with indications of GERD commonly have pressure in the chest, heartburn, the urge to vomit, the sensation of having a lump in the throat, or bloating in the abdomen. In the event you are noticing one or more of these symptoms frequently or take OTC heartburn medicine in excess of twice a week, please get in touch with Texas Digestive Disease Consultants for details on our GERD research trial. Our gastrointestinal (GI) doctors can find the best treatment approach to meet your needs.
Is GERD serious?
In some instances, GERD symptoms could occur after consuming a large meal or drinking something that is acidic. When such symptoms happen sporadically and can be controlled with antacid medications, there may not be a major issue. Should you experience frequent symptoms, including more than twice a week, and if the pain is impacting your quality of life, please contact our GI professionals to see if you're a candidate for a GERD clinical study. Our highly experienced clinical research professionals use the latest technology in gastrointestinal health to help prevent and manage GERD and other GI conditions.
How can I participate in a clinical trial at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants?
Clinical studies carried out by the experienced team at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants are voluntary, free of charge, and monitored carefully by qualified physicians. If you participate in this research trial, you can not only help further the efforts toward discovering innovative GERD treatments, but you will additionally receive individualized care tailored for your GI condition. Please reach out to us today if you have chronic acid reflux disease and would like to be considered for a GERD clinical trial with our DFW gastroenterology team.