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A 44-year-old member asked:

How are adrenal glands responsible for high blood pressure when sodium level are normal?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Blood pressure: The hormones don't just work through salt retention they are also vasoactive.

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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 17 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.
Last updated Apr 5, 2013

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