What causes a Heartburn and a Hitatal Herna?

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Desi_Fly, Both heartburn and a hiatal hernia are related. At the lower end of the esophagus, where it ends to start the upper stomach, the esophagus is surrounded by muscle tissue of the diaphragm. This is called the esophago-gastric junction. When food is in the stomach, this muscle contracts and prevents food and strongly acid stomach juices from flowing back (up) into the esophagus. When the muscle is weak or incompetent in failing to close when the stomach squeezes food, the very acid stomach contents flow up a bit into the esophagus and produce heartburn. Left untreated, over time, the lower part of the esophagus will be inflamed and damaged and more.


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