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The hyponatremia epidemic: a frontier too far?

Drake-Holland, Angela J.; Noble, Mark I.M.

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Angela J. Drake-Holland

Mark I.M. Noble



Abstract

Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte abnormality and is often neglected, especially in elderly and seemingly terminal patients. Hyponatremia can be asymptomatic or can cause symptoms ranging from nausea and lethargy to convulsions and coma. This condition has become increasingly common over time with a similar time course to the increase in adoption of low salt diets. The popularization of low salt may not be justified in people with normal kidney function in whom the compatible statistically based evidence that salt causes hypertension has been challenged by experimental evidence to the contrary.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 31, 2016
Journal Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine
Electronic ISSN 2297-055X
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Pages 1-4
Institution Citation DRAKE-HOLLAND, A.J. and NOBLE, M.I.M. 2016. The hyponatremia epidemic: a frontier too far? Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine [online], 3, pages 1-4. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2016.00035
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2016.00035
Keywords Sodium; Salt; Elderly; Kidney function; Hypertension

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