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Is shortness of breath a symptom of hernias?

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Shortness of breath is a hiatal hernia symptom, along with other symptoms such as bloating or difficulty swallowing, according to WebMD. However, there are usually no symptoms, says MedlinePlus.

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Other symptoms include regurgitation, heartburn and chest pain that radiates from beneath the breastbone, according to WebMD. In people who are already being treated for a hiatal hernia or for heartburn, signs that a hernia is in need of emergency medical attention include sudden stomach or chest pain, difficult swallowing, vomiting and an inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement. These symptoms could mean the hernia has become strangulated or obstructed, which requires immediate medical attention.

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