This is a charity committed to educating the general public regarding the problems of Reflux disease.
is a registered UK charity which has been started by a
gastroenterologist (Dr. Pulak Sahay) whose sub speciality interest is
Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) and its various complications
including Asthma, Laryngitis, Barrett's Oesophagus and Oesophageal
Patients consider heartburn as part of normal
life and suffer in silence, not realising that it can over a period of
time lead to serious consequences. The charity wants to educate the
general public and make them aware of this extremely common disease
that effects about 20% of the UK's adult population. This equates to
9.6 million people who suffer from heartburn. 5 new cases of GORD per
1000 population occurs each year which, in absolute terms, accounts for
240,000 new cases of reflux disease per year in the UK. Complications
are oesophageal ulcers & narrowing, Barrett's Oesophagus as well as
Oesophageal adenocarcinoma which kills about 7000 patients per year in
the UK and is the fastest rising cancer in the western world.
Sahay has held exhibitions of his paintings & poetry and sold these
to raise awareness and monies for charity. He has brought
together a group of patients and organises regular meetings and lectures
given to GPs, to spread the word about GORD and its management by lay
persons so that they can ask for help at the right time.
Lay people will be encouraged to spread the message of GORD.
A working committee for CARD has also been formed.
It consists of a
cancer specialist nurse and doctors from various sub specialities of
medicine. These are Suzanne Lloyd & Drs. Sanjay Arya, Sanjay Bangad,
Aseem Naraen, Rakesh Singh, Satish Singh, Ramesh Varma & Colin
Lord Turnberg (past President of Royal College of Physicians of London)
& Prof. Lord Parekh FBA have now become Patrons of CARD.
CARD is involved in organising charitable events to promote public awareness about GORD.
It is important be wary of the alert features (also
called Alarm or Red flag symptoms) such as food sticking in the chest,
vomiting, anaemia and weight loss. All the alert features
should be taken seriously and needs a doctor's attention urgently.
A charity dinner was organised at the Royal Armouries, Leeds on the 17th of March 2012.
A 2012 calender made from photographs taken by Dr. Sahay was sold for CARD charity.
A book called "Poetic paintings" containing paintings & poems of Dr. Sahay is also being sold to raise monies for charity.