A 58-year-old female asked:
a link between heparin and the suppression of aldosterone levels. a patient is given 5 doses of 5000 units and treatment dose of 12.500 units, only has one adrenal gland and then becomes severely unwell could it be low aldosterone levels ?
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Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Possibly: Heparin has been known to lower blood pressure and raising serum potassium from reducing aldosterone levels. Causing thombocytopenia(low platelets) with associated bleeding of vulnerable areas in the body also will lead to weakness. However having used heparin for very many years, I causing problems from low aldosterone levels must be a rare problem as most patients will compensate
99 viewsAnswered Feb 6, 2020
Last updated Feb 6, 2020
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