High Aldosterone and Long-Standing Hypertension
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DamienL posted:
I am a 34 year old man who has been treated pharmaceutically (without much success) for around seven years, for hypertension.
I am currently on hydrochlorothorazide, nifedipine, and ramipril, but my blood pressure remains high.
I had a heart attack when I was 15 because I had a drug overdose - I feel like my heart issues have always been attributed to this.
My pulse is also very rapid. I am of average weight.
An intern I saw recently at my doctors office went on a hunch and tested my adolsterone levels and when I went back, they explained that my aldosterone was high (I had never heard of it) but my potassium levels were normal to a bit low. They asked if I had enough salt in my diet and I do,.. they confirmed that it cannot be the medications because my blood pressure remains high.
They sent me for a 24 hour urine which they wanted done ASAP (I'm doing it now) and a renin test.
Should I be worried?
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billh99 responded:
No medical professional normally responds in this forum.

High aldosterone levels are one of the cause of secondary hypertension. That is high blood pressure caused by a secondary problem.

But what good does it do to get worried now.

Get the test and find out what the real problem is.

They find out what are the possible treatments are.

Knowledge is power.