Can Symptoms From Hiatal Hernia Imitate Heart Attack?

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Alternative Names

Hernia - hiatal


Symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Heartburn, worse when bending over or lying down
  • Swallowing difficulty

A hiatal hernia by itself rarely causes symptoms -- pain and discomfort are usually due to the reflux of gastric acid, air, or bile. Reflux happens more easily when there is a hiatal hernia, although a hiatal hernia is not the only cause of reflux.


Signs and tests
  • Barium swallow x-ray
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

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