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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more


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Made a sauce but think I have added to much salt can we still eat it or will it make the family sick to eat food that is too salty?

Made a sauce but think I have added to much salt can we still eat it or will it make the family sick to eat food that is too salty?

Dietary salt: High dietary salt intake is generally associated with hypertension or elevation of the blood pressure, that can in turn affect the heart, kidneys and brain over many years if not treated. some people are sensitive to salt more that others. AS a general recommendation reduction of dietary salt intake decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke ...Read more

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My daughters blood results showed she has low sodium. What could cause this? She hasn't been sick. She is 7 years old. Everything else was normal.

My daughters blood results showed she has low sodium.  What could cause this?  She hasn't been sick.  She is 7 years old.  Everything else was normal.

Possible lab error: If your child has no symptoms and she is doing well, i would take the results with a grain of salt(joke) for your own peace of mind, get the test repeated. ...Read more

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Would you recommend hospitalization for an 85 yr old chronically ill woman with very low sodium?

Would you recommend hospitalization for an 85 yr old chronically ill woman with very low sodium?

See below: It depends on how long the sodium is and she must meet criteria for hospital admission or insurance may not pay for it when it could be managed as outpatient. You need to discuss this with the treating physician who knows the patient best. ...Read more

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37 yo. Sodium is 144. Anion gap is 20. Not sick. No health conditions. All other bloodwork is normal? Thoughts

37 yo. Sodium is 144. Anion gap is 20. Not sick. No health conditions. All other bloodwork is normal? Thoughts

Statistics: Sounds like you're not sick and shouldn't worry. Because of the way tests are run and normal ranges are established, a small percentage of normal people may have values outside the normal range and NOT be ill. Basically, if one does enough tests, every normal person is likely to have one or another "abnormaility" while still being healthy. ...Read more

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I have pots and I don't like salt the taste make me sick that I throw up is there any thing else I could try without salt?

I have pots and I don't like salt the taste make me sick that I throw up is there any thing else I could try without salt?

Yes: Gatorade is another option that is electrolyte laden and you might find it more palatable, Although I see you are already on Midodrine so you should not really be also needing to eat salt to treat your POTS. Trust you have seen an electrophysiologist (subspecialty of cardiology) who made this diagnosis. IF not, you might want to. ...Read more