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What does high level of sodium in blood indicate?

Q: I am 42 years old. My last blood test report showed high level of sodium in the blood. What does this mean? I am taking Ramipril 250 mg once daily to control high blood pressure.

A:Sodium is a mineral that is important in regulating (along with other electrolytes) the amount of fluid in the body. Its level in our body is tightly controlled via production of urine and regulation of its concentration and the thirst response. Increased levels may result from either intake of too little water or too much salt due to deranged thirst response or a kidney disease. The abnormal value may also be due to a laboratory error. As you are already on an ACE-inhibitor drug, please consult your treating doctor who will be best placed to advise you.

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