Primary aldosteronism is a condition in which the adrenal glands of your body produce too much of the hormone aldosterone. When this happens it causes you to retain sodium and lose potassium.
These two minerals, when working together properly, transmit nerve impulses, relax and contract your muscles and help maintain the right balance of fluids in your body. Too much aldosterone causes you to retain sodium. Too much sodium causes excessive water retention. This, then, increases your blood volume and blood pressure. The problems of high blood pressure (hypertension) are life-threatening.
Primary aldosteronism was once thought of as rare by doctors. Because screening for primary aldosteronism has become more common, there is now evidence that this condition may be responsible for as many as one in eight cases of high blood pressure.
The World Health Organization says that there are approximately 600 million people around the world with high blood pressure. That means that 60 to 90 million people worldwide probably have primary aldosteronism. There may be anywhere from 7 to 11 million people who have this condition in the United States.
There are some effects that primary aldosteronism will have on you. The most predominant effect of this condition is high blood pressure that does not completely respond to medication. Other main effects of this condition are hypokalemia (low potassium) and having a benign tumor on one or both of your adrenal glands.
There are other effects that you may experience which are not as common. Some of these include:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination
- Tingling, pricking sensation
- Temporary paralysis
- Muscle cramps and weakness.
There are some serious, life-threatening complications of primary aldosteronism. If your high blood pressure is not treated it can lead to stroke, kidney disease or failure, heart failure, heart attack, another heart condition known as left ventricular hypertrophy and premature death.
Low potassium leads to other complications. These include excessive urination, cardiac arrhythmias, fatigue and muscle cramps.
Primary aldosteronism and/or complications along with or resulting from this condition may be why you or a loved one is unable to work. This disorder may be the cause of your disability.
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