Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach abnormally extends into the chest. They are very common, and risk factors for developing a hiatal hernia include increasing age, smoking, and obesity. Its presence can increase the risk of acid reflux, with symptoms including heartburn, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing. Treatment includes dietary and lifestyle changes and medication to control acid reflux. Sometimes, surgery is performed to repair the hernia.

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