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 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.
In hyperaldosteronism, you have too much of the adrenal hormone called aldosterone. "Hyper-" before the word "-aldosteronism" means too much aldosterone.
A tumor in your adrenal gland can cause hyperaldosteronism
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
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:
Usually adrenal gland tumors aren't cancerous.