New Treatment for Post-Menopausal Heartburn

More women suffering from heartburn and acid reflux following menopause.
2:03 | 12/27/11

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New epidemic of heartburn and acid reflux striking fifteen million Americans every day. Men and women but a new study says that boomer women. Are suffering more than anyone else so we wondered what is behind those numbers and is there anything new that can help. Here's ABC's Lisa -- To those who haven't experienced it it becomes trivial her -- But as the -- Fisher knows it can be debilitating. And dangerous it was a searing burning sensation that travel through my chest. -- suffered from a growing problem especially among boomer women acid reflux. A condition where stomach acid leaks back into the esophagus your food pipe. As many as sixty million Americans experience acid reflux at least once a month. New research out of Europe -- 50% more people suffer from harper now than a decade ago. And increase that worries experts. It can cause scarring in the esophagus you can also has been linked to causing esophageal cancer. The -- the -- cancer is rare but particularly deadly. Killing 83% of those diagnosed after five years so -- the upswing in heartburn partly obesity also lifestyle. And -- one doctor put it we become a -- generation. All of those -- chase along with -- alcohol and sodas can really increase that ousted field. So can smoking fatty foods and meals right before bed time. Medications can help -- an older women especially long term use may weaken bones. Fisher after decades of suffering tried a new procedure incision less surgery to create a new valve between the stomach -- esophagus. It worked. I wake up refreshed. I'm energized. I feel like getting out and doing things. -- says she still has to be careful but she feels like she has a new lease on life. Lisa stark ABC news Washington.

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