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    referral to nephrologist for unstable blood pressure?
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    britknit posted:
    I had a stent for cad in 2012, I'm on Lisinopril 40mgs twice daily and atenolol 50 mgs once daily, 81 mgs of baby aspirin daily, ranitidine 150 mgs. Twice daily. I recently discontinued plavix 75 mgs. Once daily. I was also put on fosamax 70mgs. for osteoporosis. One week ago I was started on HCTZ 25mgs. Once daily since I recently reported b/p of 175/90 for one week.after taking 4 doses of HCTZ I had massive cramps and dry heaves. My sodìum blood test was critical low at 115 with low chloride as well. I was put on restricted fluid intake and discontinued the HCT Z and also referred to a nephrologist. I am 72 and aside from current problem lead an active life, not overweight take no drugs ,alchohol or smoke. Other blood tests are normal. Question is why am I referred to nephrologist?
     
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    billh99 responded:
    I can think of two reasons.

    One the kidneys control the sodium levels. Thus low levels could indicate a kidney problem.

    The other is that the kidney is also involved in controlling BP.


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