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.
- Q What are the symptoms of a hiatal hernia?
- Q What increases my risk for a hiatal hernia?
- Q Are there alternative treatments for a hiatal hernia?
- Q How do other illnesses affect a hiatal hernia?
- Q Can a hiatal hernia be prevented?
- Q How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?