How does a hiatal hernia affect the body?

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  • A hiatal hernia can affect the body in mild or severe ways. The stomach produces acid to breakdown food before it passes into the intestines. When a portion of the upper stomach pokes up into the chest through the diaphragm, it can cause stomach acid or food to backup into the esophagus and chest. Over time a hiatal hernia opening can grow larger and lead to symptoms growing more severe or more frequent.

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