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What actually happens when a person with hypertension takes sodium or potassium rich foods? Is the BP rise temporary or permanent?

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Dr. Curt Stankovic
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Temporary

When you ingest salt (sodium, potassium) in high amounts, this draws water with it to maintain a certain concentration.
The more water, the higher the blood volume and the higher the pressure. Healthy kidneys eventually excrete the salt.

In brief: Temporary

When you ingest salt (sodium, potassium) in high amounts, this draws water with it to maintain a certain concentration.
The more water, the higher the blood volume and the higher the pressure. Healthy kidneys eventually excrete the salt.
Dr. Curt Stankovic
Dr. Curt Stankovic
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Temporary

Sodium rich foods draw in water due to the osmotic properties of cells, expand the circulating blood volume, and temporarily raise the blood pressure.
Normal kidneys quickly correct this over 24 hours. Potassium does not do this, in fact, most studies show that potassium actually lowers the BP to an insignificant degree.

In brief: Temporary

Sodium rich foods draw in water due to the osmotic properties of cells, expand the circulating blood volume, and temporarily raise the blood pressure.
Normal kidneys quickly correct this over 24 hours. Potassium does not do this, in fact, most studies show that potassium actually lowers the BP to an insignificant degree.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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