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Understanding Hiatal Hernia -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent a Hiatal Hernia?

To prevent symptoms of a hiatal hernia:

  • Wear loose clothing. Anything that presses on the stomach can aggravate hiatal hernia symptoms.
  • When your stomach is full, avoid bending over or lying down. This increases abdominal pressure and makes heartburn more likely.
  • Do not bend over or lie down for two to three hours after eating.

To prevent hiatal hernia:

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Effects of Uncontrolled Heartburn

For most people, the painful burning sensation in the chest that comes from heartburn is just an occasional mild annoyance. But for those who experience it on a regular basis, uncontrolled heartburn can turn into a very serious problem. Heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. GERD results from the improper working of the ring of muscle that normally keeps food and acids inside the stomach. When it doesn't work correctly, it allows acids to back up into the...

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  • Maintain a healthy weight.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on March 29, 2013

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