I was always scared of developing hiatal hernia because of my chronic heartburn.
Hiatal hernia is a condition where the part that connects the stomach to the esophagus is pushed between the LES and the diaphragm, thus compromising the ability of the diaphragm to help the contractions of the LES, resulting in GERD.
Very few GERD sufferers will develop hiatal hernia.
Many people that have hiatal hernia don’t necessarily suffer from reflux symptoms.
Mostly obese or old people with weak muscles tend to develop these hernias.