Hiatal Hernia & Heartburn

What you should know ?

When the hiatus allows the LES and part of the stomach to protrude upward in to the chest cavity the result is a hiatial hernia. this condition is found in up to 50% of the population over the age of 50. If no symptoms are associated with it, treatment is usually not required. Frequently,however, patients with hiatal hernia also suffer from the symptom of heart burn. Heartburn is the result of stomach acid reflux into the esophagus. this occurs because of failure of the LES to close properly. When this happens, stomach contents (which ususlay contain acid ) are pushed back up into the esophagus, causing irritation and the burinning sensation commonly called "heartburn". Registration of food and bile may also occur. Heart burn can also occur without hiatal hernia.