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Hiatal hernia and irregular heartbeat guy.



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!!!!!!


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