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Can high blood pressure result from low blood sodium?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Negative: Blood pressure can be high, normal, or low with hyponatremia (low blood sodium). The cause of the hyponatremia and other factors which are unrelated are the determinants of the blood pressure

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is sodium linearly related to high blood pressure?

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Yes: Sodium causes water to be kept in the blood vessels, and the excess "volume" of water essentially overfills the pipes. However, then there's very complicated secondary issues. The kidney sees all the salt and does some things chemically to change how the body reacts to it. Those changes are great in the short term and not so hot in the long term.

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