A hiatal hernia
is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen.
This usually causes no symptoms but may contribute to acid reflux
if the stomach slides thru this hole into the chest. Theoretically, increased abdominal pressure, such as ab exercises, may accentuate this reflux; if so, this would cause heartburn
at the time.
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