Possible Symptoms & Causes
For many of the patients that have a hiatal hernia, there are no symptoms. Others, however, may experience heartburn that stems from gastroesophageal reflux, or what is also known as GERD. Chest pain often follows comes in conjunction with the heartburn.
There is no definitive cause for a hiatal hernia, and in most instances the cause is unknown. There are some factors, however, that may contribute to its occurrence. These include being born with a large hiatus, as well as an increase of pressure in the abdomen due to pregnancy, obesity, and the strain from bowel movements. Risk factors include being overweight and being over 50 years of age. Females are also at an increased risk.