A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the upper part of your stomach bulges through an opening in your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is the thin muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen. Your diaphragm helps keep acid from coming up into your esophagus. A Flesser known cause of hiatal hernia is anxiety caused by chronic stress. The exact cause of many Hiatal hernias isn’t known. In some people, injury or other damage may weaken muscle tissue. This makes it possible for your stomach to push through your diaphragm. Another cause is putting too much pressure (repeatedly) on the muscles around your stomach. This can happen when: coughing vomiting straining during bowel movements lifting heavy objects Some people are also born with an abnormally large hiatus. This makes it easier for the stomach to move through it. Factors that can increase your risk of a hiatal hernia include: obesity aging smoking Types of hiatal hernia There are generally two types of hiatal hernia:...
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