Heartburn Clinic

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Lovelace Medical Center's (LMC) Heartburn Clinic is the only clinic of its kind serving the greater Albuquerque area. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), more than one third of adults experience heartburn at least once a month, and as much as twenty-five million adults experience heartburn daily in the United States. The Heartburn Clinic at LMC offers patients streamlined access to care, with minimal delays in diagnosis and heartburn treatment. With state-of-the-art diagnostic and imagining capabilities only offered at LMC, our providers can provide timely results so patients can receive the next step of care without having to wait months for treatment options.

Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest that occurs when stomach acids travel back up the esophagus. Some patients may also experience a bitter or sour taste in the throat and mouth. Symptoms of heartburn may get worse after eating or when lying down. Frequent heartburn can make it difficult to eat or swallow, and may be a sign of a more serious condition.

Heartburn can have many causes, from lifestyle choices (smoking, diet, etc.) to a dysfunctional digestive system.

Risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications
  • Diet

Our highly skilled team of gastroenterologists and general surgeons are trained in a variety of minimally-invasive techniques and approaches to treat the following conditions:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD)
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Paraesophageal hernia
  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal diverticulum
  • Gastroparesis and pyloric stenosis