What are the signs of primary hyperaldosteronism?

The most common sign of primary hyperaldosteronism is high blood pressure (hypertension) that does not respond to standard blood pressure medications. Patients with hypertension, especially resistant hypertension (blood pressure that is difficult to control and that requires multiple medications) should be tested for primary hyperaldosteronism. A low level of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia) is another sign, although patients with normal potassium levels may still have primary hyperaldosteronism. Low acidity of the blood (metabolic alkalosis) also is common. 

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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