What does a hiatal hernia attack feel like?
Heart attack symptoms and signs that are different hiatal hernias include shortness of breath and chest pain (which may feel like a tightness, fullness, pressure, or ache), profuse sweating, and nausea.
Can you feel a hiatal hernia from the outside?
Most of the time, hiatal hernias are so small they might not be felt at all. But if the hernia is a bit larger, it could force the opening in your diaphragm to become larger, too. These hernias cause your stomach to slide through a small opening in the diaphragm, and up into your chest.
Can a hiatal hernia go away on its own?
Hiatal hernias that do not cause symptoms do not require immediate treatment. However, symptom-producing hiatal hernias may need to be treated. Hiatal hernias do not heal on their own and require surgical intervention.
How do you diagnose a hiatal hernia?
A hiatal hernia can be diagnosed with a specialized X-ray study that allows visualization of the esophagus and stomach (barium swallow) or with endoscopy (a test that allows the doctor to view the hernia directly).