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Have hiatal hernia, chest pressure, depression. Is hiatal hernia related to heart problems?

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hello doctor.. I have a hiatal hernia; sometimes I don't feel any symptoms and I feel good, and sometimes I really feel uncomfortable; ofcourse everytime I eat to much and feel angry or depressed. The question I have is, sometimes the hiatal hernia is bad for a week or so, and the hiatal hernia really put at pressure up to my chest and I feel heart pressure. Is hiatal hernia in anyway XXXXXXX for my heart; because hiatal hernia really confuse me; with heart problems sometimes; and my doctor told my I doesn't have any problems with my heart. when the hiatal hernia is bad, my heart beat is faster and sometimes I really think the heart is gonna explode and I really get afraid.

I do sport and I don't have any symptoms of any problems when my hernia isn't there.

Posted Mon, 21 May 2012 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 18 hours later

Hiatal hernia can produce symptoms for a week or two and then subsides on its own. The heart burn that it causes is so severe to mimic a heart pain and the pain itself induces a lot of anxiety and worry. This anxiety can inturn increases heart rate adding to the problems.

As the severity of hiatus hernia increases, a major portion of the stomach finds its way into the chest causing compression of the heart.

The best thing would be to get yourself evaluated by endoscopy and barium studies. If the disease is advanced then you need surgery to put the stomach back in its place.

Conservative treatment is effective only if the hernia is small.

Let me know if I can assist you better.
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Follow-up: Have hiatal hernia, chest pressure, depression. Is hiatal hernia related to heart problems? 3 hours later
thank you for the answear..

I will go to the doctor and get the endoscopu and barum studies.

But you didn't answear the question; if the hiatal hernia is XXXXXXX for my heart ?

Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 11 hours later
Yes, if it assumes a big size it can cause problems to the lung and heart functioning as it pushes them aside.

Hope this answers your question.
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