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Strangled Hiatal Hernia Symptoms

by John Zaremba
  • Overview

    A hiatal hernia happens when part of the stomach pushes through to an opening in the diaphragm, becomes tangled and loses its blood supply. Symptoms include heartburn, digestive problems and chest pain.
  • Heartburn

    Hiatal hernias have symptoms similar to acid reflux. They cause heartburn and a sour taste in the throat.
  • Digestive Problems

    Hiatal hernias may also cause digestive trouble including bloating and belching, as well as pain in the stomach and throat.
  • Chest Pain

    Some hiatal hernias cause chest pain so severe that people may even think they're having a heart attack.
  • Nausea and Vomiting

    Strangulated hiatal hernias can cause additional symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and the inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement.
  • Dysphagia

    Strangulated hiatal hernias may also cause difficulty swallowing. This is a condition called dysphagia.

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