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Hiatal Hernia (Overview)

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which the stomach protrudes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, which is the muscle lining the bottom of your lungs that control your breathing. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, and shortness of breath.


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What is the definition or description of: hiatal hernia diet?

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What is the definition or description of: hiatal hernia diet?

Internal: A hiatal hernia is an internal condition where the upper portion of the stomach pushes through a weakness in the diaphragm muscle, and pushes up into the chest cavity. There are 2 main types of these hiatal hernias. Diagnose by x-ray or endoscopy. Medications to treat heartburn symptoms or surgical repair of the hernia can be treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hiatal Hernia (Overview)

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which the stomach protrudes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, which is the muscle lining the bottom of your lungs that control your breathing. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, and shortness of breath.


Dr. Barry Rosen
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How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

Dr. Barry Rosen
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How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

"Yo-Yo" stomach.: One mechanism that prevents reflux of food or acid from the stomach up the esophagus is the fact that the pressure within the abdominal cavity is higher than the pressure in the stomach. If the stomach "yo-yo's" into the chest cavity through a hiatal hernia, the negative pressure within the chest cavity changes this pressure gradient, favoring reflux. ...Read more

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Living with a Hernia (Tip)

Living with a Hernia

Do not lift heavy weights if you have a hernia. ...See more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

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Is extreme bloating a possible symptom of a hiatal hernia?

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Is extreme bloating a possible symptom of a hiatal hernia?

Yes: Typically this would be due to large hiatal hernias also known as paraesophageal hernias. An upper GI contrast study can help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

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Heartburn: Not all hiatal hernias are symptomatic, but can explain symptoms if present. Commonly have heartburn, sore throat in morning, maybe even chest pain (from esophagus). Gerd (reflux disease) may even make asthma worse. See your doctor. Treatment usually starts with acid-reducing meds, with further studies like endoscopy or radiograph ordered at your doctor's discretion. ...Read more

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Living with a Hernia (Tip)

Living with a Hernia

Don't live with it, get it fixed. It will get bad ; you may need some intestine cut out ; an ostomy. ...See more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a hiatal hernia migraine?

Dr. David Earle
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Many: Typical symptoms of a hiatal hernia include the sensation food is stuck in the chest, intermittent chest pain and/or pressure, and feeling full quickly after eating. This is typocall for a large hernia, and can be diagnosed with an upper GI contrast study and/or upper endoscopy. The only treatment for a hiatal hernia is a surgical procedure. Small hernias typically don't cause symptoms. ...Read more

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What is hiatal hernia?

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What is hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia is a laxity or defect of the diaphragm where the esophagus travels through the back of the chest into the abdominal cavity and your stomach. Some patients have heartburn associated with hiatal hernias while some do not. ...Read more

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