Aldosterone and renin tests are generally ordered together to evaluate whether the adrenal glands are producing appropriate amounts of aldosterone and to distinguish between the potential causes of excess or deficiency.
This profile is most useful in testing for primary aldosteronism, also known as Conn syndrome, which causes high blood pressure. It is known that both aldosterone and renin levels are highest in the morning and vary throughout the day. They are affected by the body’s position, by stress, and by a variety of prescribed medications.
Your healthcare practitioner will request for this profile when someone has high blood pressure, especially if the person also has a low potassium reading. Primary aldosteronism is a potentially curable form of hypertension, so it is important to detect and treat it properly.
How to take the Aldosterone and Renin test
The aldosterone and renin test can be done right near your home or office. Testing for Aldosterone and renin imbalances is really important due to it’s ability to prevent many serious health problems, the test includes:
- An authorized blood specimen order form that you take to your local accredited pathology for collection of your blood (Find a pathology near you here).
- A blood specimen test kit for the pathology to use to collect your blood sample
- Complete instructions for taking the test for you and the pathology
- Note, pathology will charge approximately $33.00 to take your sample
Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 7 – 10 business days for evaluation. Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail or phone.
Symptoms of Aldosterone Deficiency
- Adrenal dysfunction
- Low potassium
- Muscle weakness
- High blood pressure
- Heart palpitations
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