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Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Asthma-like symptoms: Some people with hiatal hernias may develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), which usually causes heartburn. With severe gerd, stomach acid can reflux all the way up the esophagus and then down the trachea, causing asthma-like symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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How can a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

How can  a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Inreased Pressure: If you have a large abdominal content protuding thru the opening of the diaphram this may redue the capacity of the lung to expand causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath on stairs?

Can hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath on stairs?

Maybe: Small hiatal hernias usually cause problems related to reflux disease if they cause anything at all. Large hiatal hernias, also known as Paraesophageal hernias, can cause shortness of breath. They can also cause intermittent chest pain, early satiety, weight-loss, and anemia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath after eating?

Please tell me, could a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath after eating?

Yes: A hiatal hernia is when the intra-abdominal contents of the upper abdomen protrude into the mediastinum or chest. If the contents are large enough, it can press on adjacent organs, ie heart and lungs, and create difficulties breathing or increasing activities. ...Read more

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Can a small sliding hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath. I have no GERD or any sort of heartburn. Thanks. ?

Not likely: that a small hiatal hernia can cause breathing problems. Have your doctor investigate other causes of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause constant shortness of breath?

Unlikely: Some can get quite large or para esophageal and compress some lung, but i would seek another explanation. Smoking inhalation high altitude heart disease anemia etc. ...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 ?

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

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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What is the likelihood of having shortness of breath AND cough from hiatal hernia?

What is the likelihood of having shortness of breath AND cough from hiatal hernia?

Could be: Cough and shortness of breath can be caused by many things, but a hiatal hernia can cause them by allowing stomach fluids to reflux into the esophagus and upper airway. However if you are severe shortness of breath you should seek medical attention right away. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia get worse overtime? Will I need to have surgery to fix? Chest pressure /shortness of breath.

Can  a hiatal hernia get worse overtime? Will I need to have surgery to fix? Chest pressure /shortness of breath.

Waxes and wanes: It can get worse but it can also get better. There are periods of remission and relapse. Most people don't need surgery. Intense medical management and dietary practices usually suffice. Put the head of your bed on a block. Don't eat or drink for 2 hrs before bed. Take an acid blocking medicine twice a day for several weeks. Avoid nicotine and alcohol. Get follow up with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have no acid reflux symptoms except for I can burp nonstop. recently I've noticed a sensation of shortness of breath. hiatal hernia??

I have no acid reflux symptoms except for I can burp nonstop.  recently I've noticed a sensation of shortness of breath.  hiatal hernia??

GERD: The belching and substernal symptoms with shortness of breath are findings seen in many cases of reflex esophagitis and hiatal hernia. Inflammation of lower esophagus is frequently associated with shortness of breath due to substernal extension of the inflammation. Omeprazole is used to treat these symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux . ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hiatal Hernia (Definition)

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, ...Read more


Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Breathlessness (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more