Hispanics with Heartburn Seek Proper Relief, National Survey Shows

Hispanics with Heartburn Seek Proper Relief, National Survey Shows

Survey Highlights Need for Treatment Awareness within Hispanic Community


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Wilmington, DE–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 1, 2007–When you’re feeling the burn from Acid Reflux Disease, what steps do you take to find relief? Consensus has been reached in that proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the most effective treatment for Acid Reflux Disease. However, a recent national phone survey of Hispanic adults with Acid Reflux Disease shows that the vast majority (88%) take antacids to alleviate symptoms—with more than half (57%) taking them at least once a week. And even though 74% were instructed by their health care professional to take prescription medication, only 57% said they actually did.

Acid Reflux Disease is a chronic condition in which the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest known as heartburn. If left untreated, damage may be caused to the lining of the esophagus. This condition is known as erosive esophagitis and only a doctor can determine if you have this condition. Acid Reflux Disease is diagnosed when persistent heartburn occurs two or more days a week for at least three months. Acid Reflux Disease affects approximately 6.1 million Hispanics in the United States.

“Despite consensus in that PPIs are the most effective treatment, antacids seem to be the preferred treatment option for Hispanics with Acid Reflux Disease, according to this survey,” said Dr. Rodolfo Trejo, M.D. general practitioner with the Medical Research Trust in Boynton Beach, FL. “It’s important for the Hispanic community to have access to reliable information on how to manage Acid Reflux Disease effectively.”

Benefits of Proton-Pump Inhibitors

Antacids work by neutralizing the acid in the stomach. Antacids are medicines that can provide temporary relief from Acid Reflux Disease symptoms. PPIs are medicines that block acid at its source – the stomach’s proton pumps. PPIs are the most effective treatment for Acid Reflux Disease. Unlike antacids, PPIs are indicated to relieve symptoms, heal damage that might have been caused to the lining of the esophagus and maintain healing.

Despite the amount of information on PPIs, 28% of survey respondents mistakenly believed there is no real treatment for Acid Reflux Disease, and more than one-third (35%) felt they could manage symptoms on their own without a doctor being involved. Two-thirds (65%) said they wished they had more resources to help manage their symptoms.

“While most survey respondents recognized how Acid Reflux Disease has affected their health and lifestyle, they don’t seem to be taking the next step and following through on their doctors’ recommendations,” added Dr. Trejo. “It’s not surprising that most patients surveyed described their symptoms as moderate or severe. If lifestyle modifications and antacids do not provide adequate relief from Acid Reflux Disease symptoms, patients should work closely with their doctors to determine and adhere to a treatment plan that can help get them back to their normal routine.”

For more information about Acid Reflux Disease and treatment, please visit http://www.familiassanas.com or call 1-866-271-7278.

About Acid Reflux Disease and Hispanics

The prevalence of Acid Reflux Disease is similar across different racial groups in the United States, but it may be a bigger concern within the Hispanic community for a number of reasons. Hispanics have a higher rate than other populations of being overweight or obese, which can increase a person’s risk for Acid Reflux Disease. Additionally, Hispanics and Caucasians are at a higher risk for Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous condition associated with Acid Reflux Disease, when compared to other minority groups.

About Heartburn and Acid Reflux Disease

Heartburn is a burning pain in the center of the chest. Heartburn occurs when the valve between the esophagus and the stomach stops closing properly, allowing stomach acid to leak back into the esophagus. Acid Reflux Disease is persistent heartburn that occurs on two or more days a week for at least three months. Acid Reflux Disease is a chronic condition that, if left untreated, may lead to more serious medical conditions.

About the Everyday Effects of GERD Survey

The Everyday Effects of GERD survey was conducted by StrategyOne, an applied research consulting firm, on behalf of AstraZeneca. The telephone survey polled 205 Hispanic adult GERD sufferers to determine how GERD affects the everyday lives of those who suffer from the condition. The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 6.8 at the 95% level of confidence, was conducted using the field services of Opinion Access Corporation from November 24, 2006 through December 8, 2006.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a major international health care business engaged in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals and the supply of health care services. It is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies with health care sales of $23.95 billion and leading positions in sales of gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory, oncology, and infection products. In the United States, AstraZeneca is a $10.77 billion health care business with more than 12,000 employees. AstraZeneca is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Global) as well as the FTSE4Good Index.

For more information about AstraZeneca, please visit http://www.astrazeneca-us.com.

Hispanics with Heartburn Seek Proper Relief, National Survey Shows