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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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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...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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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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Could my hital hernia cause shortness of breath when eating. If so is it dangerous. If not could it be my mvp with heart murmur Help??

Could my hital hernia cause shortness of breath when eating.  If so is it dangerous.  If not could it be my mvp with heart murmur Help??

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath can be caused by lots of things, from asthma to anxiety. Histal hernia generally won't cause it. Nor will mitral valve prolapse. However the anxiety that sometimes goes along with the mitral valve prolapse diagnosis could. Have you had allergies or asthma? Do you only get short of breath under stress or with exercise? If you are anxious, please get a therapist to speak with! ...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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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


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