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Hiatal hernia and irregular heartbeat guy.

03/10/2000

Question:

My husband has a hiatal hernia. Plus he experiences periods of an irregular heat beat. He drinks beer every night and does not eat properly. Just a few days ago, he was experiencing pain directly below his left arm pit. It was like he was holding his heart or ribs. He needs help!!!!!!

Answer:

Although this is not the forum for providing any specific diagnoses, I will offer you some suggestions. First, it sounds like your husband needs to be seen by a physician. Second, an irregular heartbeat and pain under his arm would indicate a possible heart problem and this needs to be checked out first before any of his symptoms are blamed on a hiatal hernia. Problems with hiatal hernias do not cause death but heart problems certainly do !!

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Response by:

John D Long, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati