By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
June 15, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Hepatitis C  

Think you may have Hepatitis C? About 3.5 million people in the United States have Hepatitis C. But it causes few symptoms, so most of hepatitisthem don't know they have it. Dr. Jonathan Jensen at Front Range Gastroenterology Associates in Longmont, CO, offers state-of-the-art treatments for Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis Overview

"Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C a viral infection of the liver that leads to inflammation. When the liver is damaged or inflamed, its function can be affected. Hepatitis C is spread when your blood comes in contact with an infected person's blood. Over time, the disease can cause serious health issues including liver damage, liver cancer and liver failure.

Hepatitis C Symptoms

Many individuals with Hepatitis C don't have symptoms and don't know they are infected. According to Medical News Today, the average time from exposure to symptom onset is 4-15 weeks. When symptoms appear, they are often a sign of advanced liver disease. Symptoms for Hepatitis C can include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, sore muscles, nausea, abdominal pain, nausea, dark urine, joint pain and jaundice.

Hepatitis C Treatments

Treatment with a combination of antiviral medications can fight the infection and prevent serious health problems like liver cancer or cirrhosis. Your physician can help you decide whether medications are right for you. If you have developed serious complications from the disease, liver transplant surgery may be an option. During liver transplant surgery, the surgeon removes your liver and replaces it with a healthy liver.

Don't take risks with your health. The only way to know if you have Hepatitis C is to get tested. Don't wait another minute- call Front Range Gastroenterology at 303-776-6115 today to schedule an appointment in Longmont, CO. A simple hepatitis screening could save your life!

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
April 03, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Gastroenterologist  

Your stomach and intestines work together to break down the food you eat and extract the minerals and nutrients you need to stay gastroenterologisthealth. Unfortunately, sometimes the process doesn't always work smoothly. Dr. Jonathan Jensen at Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders in Longmont, CO, answers a few commonly asked questions about gastrointestinal issues.

Why do I have gas?

Gas can form if you swallow air when you eat, have a food intolerance, drink carbonated beverages, eat high-fiber foods, feel stressed or have GERD or chronic gastrointestinal conditions, such as Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel syndrome. Over-the-counter medication can help relieve gas pains, but a few changes to your lifestyle may also help. If gas is a frequent problem, try limiting soft drinks and high-fiber foods, chew foods thoroughly and practice meditation or other stress relief methods. A visit to our Longmont office is a good idea if you have an underlying condition that causes gas or gas is a frequent problem.

What's the difference between heartburn and GERD?

Most of us have experienced a burning pain in the chest after a big meal. The problem occurs when stomach acids flow back into your esophagus. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), but just because you have heartburn, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have GERD. GERD is diagnosed if you have heartburn more than twice per week or your symptoms affect the quality of your life. Medications that block stomach acids or reduce acid production can be helpful in relieving GERD symptoms.

Do I really need a colonoscopy when I turn 50?

Your risk of colon cancer increases with age. Unfortunately, the disease doesn't usually cause pain or other symptoms during the early stage when it's easiest to treat. A colonoscopy makes it possible to view the lining of your large intestine and part of your small intestine without surgery. A camera attached to the end of small lighted scope sends color images of your colon to a digital screen, making it easy to spot lesions or potentially cancerous lesions. The prep for a colonoscopy may not be fun, but this minimally invasive test offers a simple way to protect your health.

Are you concerned about a gastrointestinal problem? Call Dr. Jensen at Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders in Longmont, CO, at (303) 776-6115 to schedule an appointment.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
February 07, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Capsule Endoscopy  

Have you heard about capsule endoscopy? The innovative new technology offers a minimally invasive way to view your small intestine. capsule endoscopyDr. Jonathan Jensen, your Longmont, CO, gastroenterologist at Front Range Gastroenterology Associates, explains how capsule endoscopy works.

What is capsule endoscopy?

During a traditional endoscopy procedure, your doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube into your mouth and passes it through your stomach and the first part of your small intestines. A tiny camera at the end of the endoscope transmits images to a digital screen.

No endoscope is needed with capsule endoscopy. Instead, you'll simply swallow a capsule that's about the size of a vitamin. As the capsule travels through your small intestine, a camera records images, which are transmitted to a small digital device you'll wear on your waist. The entire test takes about eight hours. At the conclusion of the test, you'll return the device to your doctor and he'll use the images to help him make a diagnosis.

What advantages does capsule endoscopy offer?

Capsule endoscopy offers two important benefits:

  • Convenience: When you have a traditional endoscopy procedure, you must spend several hours at the hospital or outpatient surgery center and can't drive for the remainder of the day due to the effects of the sedative. Since you simply swallow the capsule to start the capsule endoscopy process, you won't have to find time in your schedule to undergo a procedure and won't need a sedative.
  • A better view: Capsule endoscopy provides views of the middle section of your small intestines. During a colonoscopy or a traditional endoscopy, it's impossible to reach that area.

Why are capsule endoscopies recommended?

Capsule endoscopies are used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease, locate the source of bleeding and find polyps, tumors and ulcers.

What do I have to do to get ready for capsule endoscopy?

You must stop eating and drinking for 12 hours before you swallow the capsule. Your Longmont gastroenterologist may also ask you to complete a bowel prep to clear your bowels and only drink clear liquid for the first two hours of the procedure. In most cases, you can have a light meal after four hours. Some medications must be temporarily stopped during the test. Your doctor will advise you which medications you may take.

Capsule endoscopy is a valuable tool that can help provide a diagnosis for your gastrointestinal symptoms. Call Dr. Jensen, your Longmont, CO, gastroenterologist at Front Range Gastroenterology Associates, at (303) 776-6115 to schedule your appointment and learn more about the test.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
December 14, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Acid Reflux  

Find out the best approach to handling your acid reflux so you can enjoy mealtimes again.

You need that cup of coffee to get you going in the morning but you know you’re going to pay for it later. You love spicy foods but they acid refluxdon’t love you back. You wish you could go out with friends after work and have a drink without being doomed to an evening of heartburn. If any of these scenarios sound familiar then you certainly know all too well about the frustrations and pains that come with having acid reflux. Our Longmont, CO gastroenterologist, Dr. Jonathan Jensen, offers up some ways to treat your acid reflux symptoms for good.

If you suffer from acid reflux and heartburn pretty frequently then you might have a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is pretty much just a fancy way of saying that you suffer from chronic acid reflux, in which stomach acids and the foods that you just consumed actually travel back up from the stomach, irritating the lining of your esophagus.

Diet and Lifestyle

One simple way to tackle your acid reflux is to take a long hard look at your diet. Do you eat a lot of spicy or acidic foods? Do you consume a lot of citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruit? Do you tend to eat larger less frequent meals, often eating dinner not long before going to bed?

While we aren’t saying it’s easy changing your diet, it can be a surefire way to reduce your symptoms. Stay away from foods that trigger your heartburn. If you are a smoker, it’s time to quit. Also try eating smaller meals more frequently and not eating anything about two to three hours before going to sleep.

If you are someone who takes OTC pain relievers or aspirin pretty regularly, you may also want to limit your intake. If you are overweight or obese, this is also a great time to chat with our Longmont GI doctor about the best ways to lose weight to improve your acid reflux symptoms.

Medications

Again, it might seem obvious but taking over-the-counter antacids occasionally may be a great way to stave off a nasty bout of heartburn. It’s the calcium, magnesium and aluminum within these antacids that are great for neutralizing acids in the stomach. Of course, those with chronic or severe acid reflux may not find the relief they need and may require acid blockers.

Acid blockers can be prescribed by one of our Longmont GI specialists to help block the production of excess stomach acid. Prescription acid blockers can be an amazingly effective way to protect against acid reflux for several hours. Sometimes proton pump inhibitors are the best option, particularly if prescription acid blockers haven’t provided you with the proper symptom relief.

Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders in Longmont, CO is here to provide the highest quality gastroenterological care you can get. If acid reflux is affecting your daily life, it’s time you put a stop to it and gave us a call.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
October 25, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Hepatitis C  

Hepatitis C is a complex and, if left untreated, dangerous bloodborne virus. About 150 million people around the world suffer from hepatitis chepatitis C. However, hepatitis C is a treatable disease. This makes knowing the common signs and symptoms of hepatitis C important in catching the condition before it does significant damage to the liver. Learn more about hepatitis C with your Dr. Jonathan Jensen, at Gastro MD in Longmont, CO.

What is hepatitis C? 
Hepatitis C is a virus which results in a disease which affects the liver. The disease is bloodborne and transferred by coming into contact with the blood of someone who has hepatitis C. Leaving hepatitis C untreated can result in serious conditions like cirrhosis of the liver or cancer. This disease often goes unnoticed until problems like liver damage surface. Luckily, hepatitis C is treatable and those living with the condition can lead fulfilling and normal lives with the help of various treatments and medications.

Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis C 
Some people who have been infected with hepatitis C do not show any symptoms. However, common symptoms which do present themselves are:

  • fatigue
  • stomach pain
  • sore joints
  • sore muscles
  • itchy skin
  • jaundice
  • dark urine

If you develop other conditions like cirrhosis of the liver, you may experience other symptoms, like swelling of the hands and feet, redness caused from blood vessels on the skin, confusion or memory problems. If you begin vomiting blood or having hallucinations, you should call 911 immediately. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you think you have contracted hepatitis C, have symptoms of hepatitis C or are at risk for hepatitis C, such as if you use IV drugs.

Hepatitis C Treatment in Longmont, CO
Hepatitis C can be acute, lasting only a short while, or chronic, lasting a long while. Treatments for acute hepatitis C include antiviral medications to decrease the risk of developing long-term hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C treatments include antiviral medications and taking preventative measures to monitor your liver’s health and prevent further problems. Your doctor can help you determine if medication is your best course of treatment.

If you think you may have contracted hepatitis C, it is very important to be seen by your doctor as soon as possible. For more information on hepatitis C, please contact Dr. Jensen at Gastro MD in Longmont, CO. Call (303) 776-6115 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jensen today.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
August 04, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: cirrhosis  

Cirrhosis is a serious liver condition that can prevent the liver from performing its most important functions effectively, including cirrhosisremoving toxins from your body, storing nutrients and making blood proteins. Dr. Jonathan Jensen, your Longmont, CO, gastroenterologist at Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders, shares some information about cirrhosis.

What is cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis occurs when scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in your liver. When the condition occurs, the scarring prevents blood from flowing freely through your liver and slows the processing of hormones, toxins, and nutrients. Without treatment, cirrhosis can eventually affect most or all of your liver.

What are common signs of cirrhosis?

If you have cirrhosis, you may notice:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in your abdomen
  • Yellowing of the whites of your eyes or skin
  • Blood in your stools or light-colored stools
  • Orange or brown urine
  • Itchy skin
  • Bruises
  • Fever
  • Fluid retention
  • Confusion or personality changes

What causes cirrhosis?

Although many people associate cirrhosis with alcoholism, it is not the only cause. Other causes include:

  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Bile duct disease or blockages
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Repeated heart failure (if fluid builds up in your liver)
  • Fatty liver, a condition that occurs if you are obese or have diabetes, high cholesterol or coronary artery disease
  • Genetic diseases, such as hemochromatosis, Wilson disease, autoimmune hepatitis, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency or glycogen storage disease

How do gastroenterologists treat cirrhosis?

Treatment depends on the cause. Stopping drinking will prevent further damage if the condition is caused by excessive alcohol consumption. If you suffer for hepatitis, your doctor can prescribe steroids and anti-viral medications. Treating underlying conditions and diseases can slow or stop the progression of cirrhosis. Gastroenterologists can also offer treatment to help you manage the symptoms of cirrhosis, such as prescribing diuretics to reduce fluid retention. If the cirrhosis is particularly severe and prevents your liver from functioning efficiently, a liver transplant may be needed.

Are you concerned that you or a loved one may suffer from cirrhosis? Call Dr. Jonathan Jensen, your Longmont, CO, gastroenterologist at Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders at (303) 776-6115 to schedule an appointment.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
June 09, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: colonoscopy  

Wondering when you should start having colonoscopies? Dr. Jonathan Jensen, your Longmont gastroenterologist at Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders, shares information about this potentially life-saving screening test and explains when you should receive your first colonoscopy.Colonoscopies

When should I have my first colonoscopy?

Colonoscopies are recommended beginning at age 50, although your Longmont gastroenterologist may recommend the test earlier if you have gastrointestinal issues. If your first colonoscopy is normal, you can expect to repeat the test in another 10 years.

Why are colonoscopies important?

The earliest stages of colon cancer are often symptomless. By the time you develop symptoms, the cancer is often at an advanced stage that's difficult to treat. Colonoscopies not only identify potentially cancerous spots in your colon but also detect polyps. Polyps are small growths that form in the lining of your colon. Some of them are cancerous, while others may become cancerous if they're not removed. During your colonoscopy, your doctor will remove any polyps he spots and send them to a laboratory for analysis.

I've heard bad things about colonoscopy prep. Is it really necessary?

During the colonoscopy prep process, you'll use laxatives or a cleansing solution to clear out your colon. This step is a crucial part of the colonoscopy process. If your colon isn't completely clear, your gastroenterologist can't get a good view of your colon and could easily miss a polyp or suspicious area.

Why are colonoscopies recommended?

In addition to cancer screening, your doctor may suggest a colonoscopy to determine if a gastrointestinal condition or disease is responsible for your chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding, anemia, unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, constipation or change in bowel movements.

What happens during a colonoscopy?

You'll receive a sedative or general anesthesia before the colonoscopy begins. During the procedure, your gastroenterologist will gently guide a thin scope that contains a miniature camera along your large intestine. He'll watch the images transmitted by the camera as the scope advances and retreats and search for polyps, tumors, lesions or other problems. You'll spend an hour or two recovering before being released. Because you've received anesthesia, you'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you home.

Safeguard your health with a colonoscopy. Call Dr. Jensen, your Longmont gastroenterologist at Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders, at (303) 776-6115 to schedule an appointment.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
April 13, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: colonoscopy  

Regular screenings are key to preventing colon cancer.

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or rectum and is the third most common form of cancer in the US. From the office Colonoscopyof your Longmont, CO gastroenterologist, Dr. Jonathan Jensen, find out if you should be getting regular colon cancer screenings.

What is the purpose of these screenings?

Just as with any disorder or disease, getting regular screenings could prevent health problems from affecting you. These screenings are able to detect and remove cancerous and precancerous polyps early on so they can be removed before the cancer spreads. Since early colorectal cancer doesn’t often cause symptoms, it’s important your Longmont GI doctor screens you.

What does a colorectal cancer screening involve?

A colonoscopy is really the best procedure for detecting colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy uses a small, flexible tube to examine the lining of your colon. The tube (also known as a colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum and carefully guided into the colon. The colonoscope contains a video camera to help us check the health of your colon and to look for issues such as polyps that may need to be removed.

How often should I be screened?

Starting at age 50, both men and women should start getting regular colorectal cancer screenings. If you are at an increased risk, you may need to start getting screened earlier. Depending on the results of your screening, we will determine how often you will need to get screened. Typically those with healthy results won’t need to get another colonoscopy for 10 years.

What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer?

There are several risk factors that could predispose you to colorectal cancer including:

  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Race (African Americans are at a higher risk)
  • Age (people over the age of 50)
  • Being overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diet high in red and processed meats
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Whether you are at risk or not, if you are over the age of 50 it’s time you scheduled your first colonoscopy. Turn to Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders in Longmont, CO for the individualized and compassionate care you deserve.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
February 11, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Hepatitis C  
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By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
December 24, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: colonoscopy  

A colonoscopy is a test that is used to prevent colorectal cancer and other serious digestive disorders. Patients of Front Range Gastroenterology in Longmont, CO, often want to know if and when they need a colonoscopy. If this question has been on your mind, colonoscopytake a moment to gain a fuller understanding of the purpose of a colonoscopy test and when it becomes a necessity.

The Purpose of a Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is a way for your doctor to take a close look at your digestive system, including your rectum and colon (the large intestine). It is the best way to identify and diagnose potential issues, including abnormal growths, ulcers, inflammation and pre-cancer. The doctor inserts a tube attached to a tiny camera that takes images of the inside of the large intestine. If a concern is identified, urgent action can be taken to resolve the problem.

When Do You Need a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that you must have performed by a Longmont, CO, gastroenterologist. It’s a test that is usually recommended only when there are symptoms or a family history of colon-related problems. Here are a few reasons why you might need a colonoscopy:

  • Severe pain or discomfort in the abdomen or blood in the stool when eliminating.
  • A family or personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
  • You have reached age 50, which is the recommended age for your first colonoscopy screening.

What to Expect at Your Appointment
If you’re due for a colonoscopy, your doctor will give you a set of instructions for how to prepare for this appointment. You’ll normally have to fast from eating solid foods for 24 hours before the appointment and clear your colon. The doctor will provide you with a cleansing solution to drink at certain intervals before your exam. You’ll likely be sedated to ensure a comfortable experience during the test.

Schedule Your Test Today
Getting a colonoscopy can give you peace of mind and allows your doctor to catch potential concerns before they can develop into more serious issues. Call (303) 776-6115 today to schedule your test with a gastroenterologist at Front Range Gastroenterology in Longmont, CO.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
October 16, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Colonoscopies  

Routine colonoscopies have become an integral part of preventative health care. Colon and rectal cancers are the third most common type of cancer occurring in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. The most effective way to treat colon cancer, asColonoscopy with any disease, is to prevent it before it starts or catch it as early as possible. The best way to do this is through colonoscopy. 

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure performed by a gastroenterologist in which a thin, flexible tube, about the width of a finger, is passed into the anus and through the colon to the other end where it joins the small intestine. This tube is called a colonoscope and has a camera, light, irrigation port, and space for medical instruments. While the scope is being inserted, the camera sends images back to a screen so the physician can examine the interior walls of the colon for signs of disease. Many colon cancers start as polyps (adenomas), which are small growths in the mucosal walls of the colon. Most polyps are benign, but may turn into cancer if left untreated. If your physician finds polyps during his examination, they can be removed with cauterization or a special wire tool that is controlled through the colonoscope.

Do I Need Anesthesia?

A colonoscopy does not require full surgical anesthesia, but conscious sedation is often used to make you feel relaxed should any pain occur. Some cramping or bloating may occur during or after the procedure, but the sedation given should keep you comfortable throughout. If polyps are found, their removal should cause no pain. 

When Should I Have a Colonoscopy?

The American Cancer Society recommends that all adults over the age of 50 get a full colonoscopy every 10 years, and a sigmoid (lower) colonoscopy every five years. However, some factors can increase one’s risk of colon cancer, such as a family history of the disease, smoking, obesity, and bowel diseases. More information on these risk factors can be found on the American Cancer Societies’ website, http://cancer.org/ - if you are at a higher risk, you should follow the guidelines and recommendations of your physician for more frequent screening. 

Colonoscopies have reduced the death rate from colorectal cancer by over 50%, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. To get more information or schedule a visit with your local gastrointestinal health professionals in Longmont, CO, call Front Range Gastroenterology Associates today at 303-776-6115.

By Front Range Gastroenterology P.C.
July 31, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Acid Reflux  

Acid RefluxFind out the best ways to nix acid reflux problems for the long run.

While some people may experience heartburn every once in a while, if you are noticing that acid reflux is showing up more regularly and ruining mealtimes, then it’s time you to took a stand against acid reflux once and for all. While you should see your Longmont, CO gastroenterologist Dr. Jonathan Jensen first for a proper diagnosis, here are some of the best ways to treat your condition so you can get back to enjoying the foods you love.

Lifestyle Modifications

One of the best ways to reduce bouts of acid reflux is to avoid certain trigger foods that could cause symptoms. Here are some things to consider when it comes to your diet and habits:

  • Opt for eating smaller meals more frequently rather than consuming fewer large meals each day.
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco.
  • Don’t eat two to three hours before going to bed or lying down.
  • If you do plan to nap, try to do it in a chair rather than lying in a bed.
  • Wear lose-fitted clothing rather than tight belts and pants.
  • If you are overweight, incorporate exercise and a healthy diet into your lifestyle to lose weight and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Talk to your Longmont, CO gastroenterologist about dietary restrictions and changes you should make to improve acid reflux.
  • Ask your Longmont GI doctor about any medications you are taking and whether they could be causing your symptoms.

Medications

Lifestyle adjustments can go a long way to improving your condition but some patients may still need a little more help treating their symptoms. This is when medications come into play. Those with more mild symptoms may find the relief they need with over-the-counter antacids like Maalox. But if these antacids don’t do the trick your Longmont gastroenterologist may prescribe a stronger medication like Zantac or Prilosec, which reduces acid production in the stomach.

Not experiencing relief from your acid reflux symptoms? Then it’s time to talk to your Longmont, CO gastroenterologist about more effective options. The team at Front Range Gastroenterology P.C. is here to help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
May 26, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Hepatitus C  

Hepatitis gets a lot of press these days particularly Hepatitis C, a viral form of this serious disease which directly attacks the liver. Millions of Americans suffer from Hepatitis C, some of whom just get an acute flare-up. Other sufferers, however, get repeat episodes for the rest of their lives.

While the virus primarily causes scarring and cirrhosis of the liver, and may progress to complete liver failure and even cancer, Hepatitis C can affect other organs of the body, too, including the stomach.

Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Symptoms of Hepatitis C can be very debilitating, lasting any where from 1 to 3 months. According to the National Institutes of Health, individuals present with:

  • fatigue
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • dark yellow urine
  • a yellowish look to the eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • diarrhea
  • stools that are lightly colored
  • stomach pain

When doctors see these symptoms, they use a blood test to confirm the diagnosis of Hepatitis C.

Common stomach problems from Hepatitis C

The pain that Hepatitis patients experience is usually in the gastrointestinal tract, specifically the stomach. The discomfort can be very severe and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

In addition to these these problems, Hepatitis C may cause varices or swollen blood vessels in the esophagus and stomach. High blood pressure in the portal veins which connect the stomach, esophagus and other parts of the digestive tract to the liver (typically damaged by cirrhosis) causes these varices. When undiscovered and untreated, varices can suddenly rupture, causing serious bleeding and even death.

Symptoms of bleeding from the blood vessels of the stomach include:

  • shock
  • low blood pressure
  • dark, tarry stools
  • bloody vomit
  • rapid heart beat and dizziness

These symptoms are considered a medical emergency and require immediate attention from a physician.

Who gets Hepatitis C and How It Can Be Treated

Anyone who contacts the body fluids of an infected individual can contract Hepatitis C. In addition, certain behaviors or circumstances can increase a person's risk for getting Hepatitis C and its complications. Risk increases if an individual has HIV, receives infected blood during a transfusion, is an illegal drug user, gets a tattoo with a contaminated needle or has sex with an infected person.

Medication and surgery can both be used to successfully treat Hepatitis C.

Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders and Colorado Endoscopy Centers LLC

In Longmont, Colorado, Jonathan E. Jensen MD FACP FACG AGAF diagnoses and treats a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders. He and his staff strive to maintain the highest level of educational and clinical preparedness to give the best care to patients of all ages and walks of life.

Call Dr. Joanthan Jensen with your questions and concerns about Hepatitis C and the stomach: 303-776-6115.

March 30, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Diverticulosis  

Find out what factors could leave you prone to developing this digestive problem.

You may not hear a lot of talk about diverticulosis, a common condition in America that causes small pockets in parts of the lining of the digestive tract. While this condition doesn’t always cause symptoms, those who do experience symptoms may notice bloating, cramps or constipation. While this condition might seem innocuous, it can lead to some pretty serious complications including intestinal blockages, bleeding, and infection.

Your Longmont, CO gastroenterologist is here to point out the most common risk factors that could cause you to develop diverticulitis:

Age: It’s more common to be diagnosed with diverticulosis as you get older. In fact, about one in ten Americans over 40 years of age have diverticulosis while as many as half of Americans over the age of 60 have it.

Obesity: This is another factor that has been gaining attention as a risk factor for diverticulosis. This may have something to do with the fact that physical inactivity coupled with an unhealthy diet are also two risk factors for the development of this intestinal condition. Furthermore, being severely obese also increases your chances of needing more aggressive treatments for diverticulosis.

Smoking: It’s also been discovered that smokers are more likely to develop diverticulosis than non-smokers.

Sedentary lifestyle: Research has found that routine physical activity can actually reduce your chances of developing diverticulosis. Therefore, those who don’t participate in regular exercise are more likely to develop this condition.

Lack of fiber: This is one of the largest and most determining risk factor for developing diverticulosis. Furthermore, diets that are high in animal fats also put you at an increased risk for developing this condition. One study even found that maintaining a diet high in fiber might prevent those with asymptomatic diverticulosis from actually developing symptoms.

Some medications: Taking certain medications like steroids or NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen; naproxen) regularly can increase your chances of diverticulosis.

If you are displaying symptoms of diverticulosis or you are concerned about the risk factors, then it’s time to talk to your Longmont, CO gastroenterologist, Dr. Jonathan E. Jensen, about what you can do. Schedule an appointment today at Front Range Gastroenterology PC.

By Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders
February 03, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Stomach Pain  

Today, many people suffer from gastrointestinal issues that leave them in severe pain and without any hope for future relief. Whether it's a perpetually upset stomach, a sharp pain in your abdomen after eating certain foods, or inconvenient bouts of diarrhea that leave you embarrassed and frustrated, gastrointestinal problems have many of us dreaming of better days without real belief that they can be achieved.

But at Front Range Gastroenterology P.C., your gastrointestinal condition can be called out and thrown out with the helpful hands of Stomach Painexpert gastroenterologists on site. That's because, as difficult as your symptoms might be making everyday life for you, it's nothing but another day at the office for the professionals on site who have been training for many years to treat your symptoms so you - and your stomach - leave happy.

Stomach Pain

One of the most common gastrointestinal issues is stomach pain, which can be caused by anything from lactose intolerance to gall stones. In fact, just about everyone has experienced some level of stomach pain during their lives, and while it's rarely debilitating, these pains should be investigated if they persist for longer than a few hours. After all, many of the most problematic health issues start with symptoms as subtle as abdominal or residual digestive tract pain, so seeing your trusted gastroenterologist if symptoms persist is of paramount importance for your continued digestive (and overall) health.

Speaking with one of the helpful professionals at Front Range Gastroenterology P.C. will help get the treatment plan you need started so that you can find full relief of your troubled tummy fast. For more information on how you can find lasting gastrointestinal relief, call (303) 776-6115 today and one of the expert gastroenterologists on site will be happy to assist you in achieving a happy tummy right here in Longmont, CO!





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