POTTSTOWN, Pa. -

People with gastroesophageal reflux disease have a new place to seek treatment.

The Pottstown Memorial Medical Center has opened the TriCounty Heartburn Clinic inside the Chesmont Professional Building, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Suite 310, in Pottstown.

The clinic, led by Dr. Burham Hameed, a gastroenterologist, will offer patients with the disease, commonly referred to as GERD, specialized treatment for their condition, the hospital announced Thursday.

"At Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, we strive to offer care that meets the community’s needs," said Sharif Omar, CEO, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.  "With this new option and Dr. Hameed's expertise, residents don't have to live with chronic GERD."

GERD affects 20 percent of Americans on a weekly basis, possibly leading to several serious health concerns, including stomach inflammation, stomach ulcers and bleeding, said health officials, adding that scarring and narrowing of the esophagus can also develop from chronic GERD.

The disease's most common symptom is heartburn, which is a burning sensation and pressure in the chest that occurs when stomach acids back up through the esophagus, officials said.

GERD is often triggered by certain foods, such as spicy foods, citrus fruits, chocolate and caffeinated, carbonated and alcohol-based beverages.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at TriCounty Heartburn Clinic, call 610-327-7770.