Aldosterone Blood Test
Aldosterone Blood Test, Aldosterone is a mineralocorticoid steroidal hormone. Aldosterone is produced by the Adrenal cortex in the Adrenal glands. Aldosterone is a screening test to detect primary Aldosterone in high-risk, hypertensive individuals. This test measures the amount of Aldosterone (ALD) in your blood or urine. ALD is a hormone made by your adrenal glands, two small glands located above the kidneys. ALD Central blood pressure and maintain healthy levels of sodium and potassium.
Function Of Aldosterone:
Renin hormone is released by the kidney, Then Renin signals Adrenal glands to produce Aldosterone, and then Aldosterone Control Fluid, Minerals, and Blood pressure.
Symptoms of Aldosterone:
- Increased Thirst
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Low blood Pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Douc patches of skin
- Decreased body hair
- Frequent Urination
- Feeling tired all time
Symptoms of High Aldosterone:
- High Blood pressure.
- Low level of potassium in blood.
- Feeling tired all the time Headache.
- muscle weakness.
Diagnostic Importance of Aldosterone in Blood:
- To help diagnose high blood pressure
- To help diagnose Adrenal gland tumor
- To evaluate cause of low potassium in blood
- To screen adrenal gland if performing over actively
Normal Range of Aldosterone in Blood:
- Male: 6 to 22 ng/dL
- Female: 5 to 30 ng/dL
Causes Of High Aldosterone in Blood:
- Adrenal Tumor
- Adrenal Cortex Hyperplasia.
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Congestive Heart failure
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Corn’s Syndrome
Causes Low Aldosterone in Blood:
- Toxemia in pregnancy
- Addison’s disease
- Renin Deficiency
- Cushing Syndrome
How to Perform the Test:
Collect the 3 to 5 ml blood in Red top EDTA Οr Green Top tube, and Centrifuge the blood sample. After centrifugation separates the plasma of serum, plasma, or serum use for testing and finds out the value of aldosterone.
In general, the normal range for a 24-hour urine test that checks aldosterone, and bevels is 3-25 micrograms per 24 hours. (mcg/24 hrs.)