What You Should Know About Hiatal Hernias

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You may have heard about hiatal hernias. Maybe a relative, friend or co-worker talked about the one they have. But do you know what a hiatal hernia is, why one can develop, what happens if you have one? Maybe you are thinking about getting more information about what a hiatal hernia is because you think you have one.

Your first step if you think you have a hiatal hernia, or any other medical issue that concerns you, is to go to your doctor.

He or she will be able to diagnose what is wrong, and help you decide on a treatment plan. While you are waiting for your appointment, and after your appointment, you can read the articles below that will give you all the basic information about hiatal hernias. This information includes symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and possible complications.

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes through an opening in the diaphragm, and up into the chest. This opening is called a esophageal hiatus or diaphragmatic hiatus.

Studies have shown that the opening in the diaphragm, where the esophagus connects with the stomach, acts as an additional sphincter around the lower part of the esophagus. Normally, the hiatus and the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) rely on each other to keep stomach contents from backing up into the esophagus. It is believed that a hiatal hernia can weaken the LES, and make it easier for stomach acid to back up into the esophagus.

Hiatal Hernias
What is a hiatal hernia? What are the symptoms? How is it treated? Learn about these and more in the following article.

What You Need to Know About Hiatal Hernias
Whether you suspect you have a hiatal hernia or you are newly diagnosed, you will want to know the symptoms, the causes, and the treatment of hiatal hernias.

Hiatal Hernia Diet Tips
About 50% of all people with hiatal hernias do not have any symptoms. For the other approximate 50% of individuals with hiatal hernias who do have symptoms, heartburn is the most common symptom. Knowing how to control the heartburn through diet is important.

Symptoms of a Hiatal Hernia
50 percent of hiatal hernia patients don't experience any symptoms. For the other 50 percent of patients, the following symptoms may occur.

What tests are used to diagnose hiatal hernias?
There are a few procedures that are used to diagnose the presence of a hiatal hernia.

Treating Hiatal Hernias
For approximately 50% of individuals with a hiatal hernia, symptoms are not present. For those who do experience symptoms, it is usually caused by heartburn, or acid reflux. Many individuals with a hiatal hernia also have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. For them, their doctors may prescribe a treatment plan that is similar to the treatment for GERD.

What condition is most commonly associated with a hiatal hernia?

Other digestive disorders can occur along with a hiatal hernia. Learn which is the disorder that occurs in the majority of hiatal hernia patients.

What can cause a hiatal hernia?
Learn what conditions and lifestyle events can contribute to hiatal hernias.

How To Live With a Hiatal Hernia
A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes through an opening in the diaphragm, and up into the chest. This opening is called the esophageal hiatus or diaphragmatic hiatus. If you've been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, you'll need to know how to live with it.

Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia
When part of the stomach is squeezed up into the chest beside the esophagus, and stays there, it is called a paraesophageal hiatal hernia.

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