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Can a hiatal hernia or GERD cause heart symptoms and difficulty breathing?

Can a hiatal hernia or GERD cause heart symptoms and difficulty breathing?

Yes: A hiatal hernia and gerd can cause chest pain and palpitations. A large hiatal hernia can cause shortness of breath by crowding your chest cavity and limiting expansion of your lungs. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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Could hiatal hernia cause trouble breathing when lying flat on back? My husband's heart is healthy-went to cardiologist but Dr had no idea why

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Could hiatal hernia cause trouble breathing when lying flat on back? My husband's heart is healthy-went to cardiologist but Dr had no idea why

Yes.: Hiatal hernia can cause esophageal reflux worsens with lying on back which can feel like burning chest pain and difficulty catching breath. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with hiatal hernia and GERD and lately my breathing problems got a lot worse. What are my options and best course of action?

I've been diagnosed with hiatal hernia and GERD and lately my breathing problems got a lot worse. What are my options and best course of action?

GERD-related asthma?: About a third of chronic gerd suffers have an asthma-like presentation, and about a third of asthmatics have gerd. As such, many asthmatics show significant benefit from acid reducers when used over time. Shortness of breath however can result from many causes that have nothing to do with gerd, so get checked asap, especially if your breathing problem is progressive. ...Read more

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Can a small hiatal hernia cause heart problem of any kind?

Can a small hiatal hernia cause heart problem of any kind?

No: What is of importance is that symptoms that may suggest a hiatal hernia may be cardiac in origin. That is why it is important to receive a thorough history and physical examination by your primary care physician and decipher between the symptoms and the primary source. This may require some specific testing and trial of some medical therapy. ...Read more

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Have small HH, constant chest pressure and SOB when I lay down. ruled out heart do have reflux .im on ppi, can it still be caused by gerd and hernia?

Have small HH, constant chest pressure and SOB when I lay down. ruled out heart do have reflux .im on ppi, can it still be caused by gerd and hernia?

Esophageal spasms?: Non cardiac related chest pain and pressure requires a thorough evaluation including upper endoscopy and often manometric studies of the esophagus. High amplitude esophageal spasms can cause severe chest pain and this is often confused with chest pain from a cardiac etiology. Since you cardiac work-up is normal, this should be investigated further by your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have hiatal hernia/gerd(good diet +nexium 40mg).Was cleared by 2 cardiologists(ecg, echo...), but every night i get tight chest/breathing diff.Why?

I have hiatal hernia/gerd(good diet +nexium 40mg).Was cleared by 2 cardiologists(ecg, echo...), but every night i get tight chest/breathing diff.Why?

Hernia ?: It could be the hernia if it is a large one and slides into the chest specially when laying down or eating a large meal. Hard to tell without seeing the studies done. Mention this to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can my small hiatal hernia cause my palpitations? And how come it is not dangerous when it presses against heart?

Can my small hiatal hernia cause my palpitations?  And how come it is not dangerous when it presses against heart?

Palpitations : Palpitations are very non specific and can occur with any conditions. In fact are one of the most common reasons for consults as outpatients. It will not hurt your heart because it presses softly if at all and what you will experience is reflux disease and likely palpitations. ...Read more

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Pain in left arm and left side of chest. Have done stress and other heart tesrs. Results great. I have a hiatal hernia. Could this be the cause?

Symptoms: Superficially it sounds like low probability of cardiac cause of your symptoms tho' your doctor ordering these studies should be better able to advise you. There are many causes possible for arm/chest symptoms and hiatal hernia is a chest possibility but lower probablity for left arm pain. ...Read more

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Does a hiatal hernia cause armpit pain and chest pain? I have had stress test and a lot of heart work and eveything came back good

Does a hiatal hernia cause armpit pain and chest pain? I have had stress test and a lot of heart work and eveything came back good

Can cause chest pain: Hiatal hernis is a protrusion of the stomach into the chest. The stomach goes behind the heart. You can get gas trapping and pressure sensation in the chest but not usually the armpit. If a cardiac work up was negative would get GI workup. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause heart flutter?

Can hiatal hernia cause heart flutter?

Shouldn't : While i suppose its possible of there was a very large hiatal hernia (paraesophageal type), it is still unlikely. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause back and abdomen pain? I also have a hiatal hernia could this cause sharp chest pain? All heart test came back normal.

Can anxiety cause back and abdomen pain? I also have a hiatal hernia could this cause sharp chest pain? All heart test came back normal.

See below: Anxiety can have many effects on the body such as those you have described. Best to rule out conditions that can put you at an immediate health risk and then seek a psychiatry referral. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0003695/. ...Read more

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Does a hiatal hernia cause chest discomfort and shortness of breath at times. Have heart burn daily if I don't take Zantac (ranitidine) ?

Does a hiatal hernia cause chest discomfort and shortness of breath at times. Have heart burn daily if I don't take Zantac (ranitidine) ?

Yes: hiatal hernia is a common mimicker for heart disease. However heart disease is the most dangerous etiology for chest pain so need to have that checked out first ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with chronic esophageal inflammation, stomach ulcer and hiatal hernia. Will that cause chest pain L side? Card. Said heart was fine

I was diagnosed with chronic esophageal inflammation, stomach ulcer and hiatal hernia. Will that cause chest pain L side? Card. Said heart was fine

Its possible: Depends on the size of the hernia. It also depends on the characteristics if the pain. Could also be esophageal spasm. Ask your doctor if an esophageal Manometry test is appropriate, and/or a referral to a GI doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have small hiatal hernia but have constant chest pressure and fullness that never goes away..Could this be due to hernia? Heart & lungs are fine.

I have small hiatal hernia but have constant chest pressure and fullness that never goes away..Could this be due to hernia? Heart & lungs are fine.

Hiatal hernia: Yes, it can be. The hiatal hernia does t need to be large. Even if the hernia is small, it may be large enough to cause significant gerd/esophagitis to cause severe discomfort. ...Read more

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I have hiatal hernia 4cm an grade reflux A!some dr says get surgery some not because i never have heart burn!i am confused what to do!Please help me!

I have hiatal hernia 4cm an grade reflux A!some dr says get surgery some not because i never have heart burn!i am confused what to do!Please help me!

Benefit vs. risk: How'd you even know that you have a HH & then get so much info? Did you ever have symptoms like heartburn, nausea, vomiting, stomach bleeding / ulcers? While 4 cm is a generous size, if you're not having symptoms, then weigh any (future) benefit of surgery with the risks of surgery (anesthesia, bleeding, infection, complications) which go up with age. Talk to the doc who knows you best. Good luck! ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more