Hiatal | Diaphragm Hernia
This type of hernia can result in heartburn or acid reflux
Unlike a hernia in the groin area, this problem occurs as a result of the stomach coming up through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. The stomach protrudes into the same space in which the esophagus passes through the diaphragm. When this happens, it is called a paraesophageal hernia. These tend to grow over time and can lead to other abdominal organs protruding into the chest.
A hiatal hernia is one of the causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Left untreated, these types of hernias may lead to heartburn, acid reflux, chest discomfort, burping, acid-like taste in the mouth, problems with swallowing, coughing or choking and even Barretts-Esophagus, which can lead to cancer.