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Best Of Contest: Please vote Family Medicine Healthcare Best Doctor/Health Care Provider

We are currently running in the Best Of Hampton Roads Contest, for best Doctor/Health Care Provider, Portsmouth, VA.  We’d love to have your vote.  You can vote for us via their website and via your cell phone using our text code.

Best of Contest Family Medicine Healthcare Best Doctor Porsmouth

To vote online please go to  You will need to register if you have not already.  We are under  the Health/Services Category (Doctor/Health Care Provider)  for Portsmouth, Virginia.

To vote for us via text please dial 21333 and text AYFM.

Contest ends March 24th!

Thank you so much!  We work hard to earn your vote daily.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed & Dr. Veronica Ortiz

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Don’t Let Heart Burn Become a Heart Attack

Thirty to forty percent of the US population suffer from GERD, otherwise know as reflux or heart burn. This, however, is considered a risk factor for heart disease and possibly heart attack.

Around 57 percent of individuals who have heart burn have had a heart attack within five years of being diagnosed with GERD.

Family Medicine Healthcare, Dr. Abdelshaheed, Portsmouth Chesapeake Family Doctor

Individuals who were treated were at much lower risks for heart attacks. Those who continue to be undiagnosed increased their risks of a major heart attack significantly.

What is GERD? Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease is a common digestive problem caused when acid from the stomach flows backwards into the esophagus. The lining of the stomach is made to handle the strong acids that break down food. The esophagus however, gets irritated when strong acid touches it. A muscle usually keeps the stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus. With GERD, however, the muscle doesn’t close the right way, allowing acid from the stomach to get into the esophagus.

Some of the most common symptoms are too much saliva in the mouth, feeling like a lump in the back of the throat, ongoing cough, sore throat, and hoarse voice.

This condition is treated by avoiding foods that may make symptoms worse, such as acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus, alcohol, chocolate, and caffeinated drinks. Also, by avoiding large meals or eating anything three to four hours before going to bed, as well as not smoking.

Please schedule an appointment with us, 757-488-3333, if your condition evolves to these symptoms: blood in stools, chest pain, choking while eating, pain or difficulty swallowing, weight loss, or vomiting.

We are always here to help you live better, not just get better.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed





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