Glands make and release hormones.
Hormones are chemicals that stimulate other cells or tissues into action. Because hormones are in your blood, they travel throughout your body. They can affect many organs at the same time.
You have two adrenal glands, one above each kidney. The adrenal glands Overview of the Adrenal Glands Glands make and release hormones. Hormones are chemicals that stimulate other cells or tissues into action. Because hormones are in your blood, they travel throughout your body. They can affect... read more release several different hormones that help control your blood pressure, heart rate, balance of water and salt, response to stress, and some male-type sex features.
What is hyperaldosteronism?
In hyperaldosteronism, you have too much of the adrenal hormone called aldosterone.
Your blood pressure will be high, and you'll feel weak and very thirsty
Doctors do surgery to remove tumors or give you medicine to block the hormone
What causes hyperaldosteronism?
The hormone aldosterone tells your kidneys to hold on to sodium and get rid of potassium. Sodium and potassium are important minerals in your body.
Causes of hyperaldosteronism include:
A tumor in your adrenal gland that produces aldosterone (Conn disease)
Certain kidney problems that make your adrenal glands release aldosterone
Rarely, general overactivity of your adrenal glands
Usually adrenal gland tumors aren't cancerous.
What are the symptoms of hyperaldosteronism?
Feeling thirsty and peeing more than usual
How do doctors tell if I have hyperaldosteronism?
Sometimes CT scan Computed Tomography A CT scan uses a large machine shaped like a large donut to take x-rays from many angles. A computer then takes the x-rays and creates many detailed pictures of the inside of your body. Each... read more or MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) MRI is a test that uses a machine with a powerful magnet to make pictures of the inside of your body. A computer creates a series of detailed pictures. Each picture looks like a slice taken... read more of your adrenal glands
If the blood tests are positive, doctors may need to take a sample of blood from each of your adrenal glands. Taking such a sample is done through a catheter inserted in a vein in your groin.
How do doctors treat hyperaldosteronism?
Do surgery to remove any adrenal gland tumors
Have you take a type of high blood pressure medicine that blocks the effects of aldosterone