Scientists Find That Hernias May Lead to Heart Failure


While the actual interplay between hernias and heart disease has not been fully studied, research shows that hiatal hernia, paraesophageal hernia, and other common hernias often co-occur with heart risks. In fact, a study published in 2013 found that 3.5% of younger men with hiatal hernia are also diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition that can lead to stroke, coronary insufficiency, and other complications. With coronary heart disease being a major cause of death around the world, physicians note that a hernia and every other condition that may lead to heart failure need to be attended to promptly.


Hernias and Heart Disease

Based on a 1998 report made by Schilling of the Department of Cardiology at Castle Hill Hospital in East Yorkshire, a patient’s atrial flutter was resolved after paraesophageal hernia surgery was performed. A similar situation was also observed by Duygu of Ege University in Turkey in 2008. Although it is recognized that association does not equate to causation, it is noted based on the reports that hernias can pose a coronary danger.


Understanding Hernias

Hernias often occur on the abdominal wall, according to doctors. This wall is described by experts as a sheet of tendon and tough muscle along the ribs, legs, and groins. When it is damaged, a bulge called a hernia can appear against the skin. Hernias are quite common. It can affect males and females of all ages and infants can even be born with the problem. Statistics show that over 20 million surgical operations to repair hernias are performed around the world each year. With this kind of prevalence, those who are diagnosed with any type of hernia should keep in mind that surgical repair is needed immediately.


Common Types of Hernia

Doctors note that common hernias include femoral hernia, umbilical hernia, midline hernia, recurrent hernia, incisional hernia, paediatric hernia, strangulated hernia, and hiatus hernia. However, the most common are inguinal hernias. Approximately 70% of all reported hernias are inguinal in nature, according to statistics.

While this type of hernia occurs in the lower abdomen or the groin, it is different from an indirect hernia like sports hernia, even if both cases affect the same region. Orthopaedic surgeons note that inguinal hernia causes a visible bulge in the groin area while sports hernia doesn’t. If you think you have this condition, it is best to see a doctor immediately because according to the British Hernia Centre, groin hernia has a substantial mortality risk.


Medical Advice and Help

Most hernias do not really hurt and the larger ones rarely cause any discomfort. This makes the condition more difficult to treat, according to health professionals because most people dismiss it until they feel debilitating pain. The UK’s National Health Service notes that sudden, severe pain, vomiting, and constipation are symptoms that warrant a visit to the emergency room. These symptoms can mean that an organ or tissue is lacking blood supply due to a hernia or an obstruction has entered the affected area.Hernias are dangerous on their own and since they are also associated with heart failure, seeing a GP is ideal.


By Sally Phillips