Where does aldosterone affect?

Where does aldosterone affect?

Beyond its effects on renal sodium reabsorption, aldosterone exerts effects on the kidney, blood vessels and the heart, which can have pathophysiological consequences.

What is aldosterone responsible for?

Aldosterone is a steroid hormone synthesized in and secreted from the outer layer of the adrenal cortex, the zona glomerulosa. Aldosterone is responsible for regulating sodium homeostasis, thereby helping to control blood volume and blood pressure.

What is a primary effect of aldosterone secretion?

The primary actions of aldosterone cause the kidneys, gut, and salivary/sweat glands to affect electrolyte balance. The primary targets are the kidneys; where it stimulates reabsorption of sodium and secretion of potassium and hydrogen ions.

What is the main effect of aldosterone on renal function?

Aldosterone is well known to increase sodium reabsorption and potassium secretion by the kidney. It exerts its main effects on sodium and potassium balance by binding to the mineralocorticoid receptor (MCR) located in the distal convoluted tubule, connecting segment and cortical collecting duct in the kidney.

What causes the release of aldosterone?

This system is activated when the body experiences a decrease in blood flow to the kidneys, such as after a drop in blood pressure, or a significant drop in blood volume after a hemorrhage or serious injury. Renin is responsible for the production of angiotensin, which then causes the release of aldosterone.

What stimulates the release of aldosterone?

Aldosterone secretion is stimulated by an actual or apparent depletion in blood volume detected by stretch receptors and by an increase in serum potassium ion concentrations; it is suppressed by hypervolemia and hypokalemia.

What are symptoms of high aldosterone?


  • Muscle cramps.
  • Weakness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Excessive thirst.
  • A frequent need to urinate.

What happens to your body when you take aldosterone?

Aldosterone causes an increase in salt and water reabsorption into the bloodstream from the kidney thereby increasing the blood volume, restoring salt levels and blood pressure. What happens if I have too much aldosterone?

How does aldosterone regulate salt and water balance?

Aldosterone regulates the salt and water balance of the body by increasing the retention of sodium and water and the excretion of potassium by the kidneys (and to a lesser extent by the skin and intestines). It also has a limited effect on the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

What is the function of aldosterone in the kidney?

Aldosterone’s primary function is to act on the late distal tubule and collecting duct of nephrons in the kidney, directly impacting sodium absorption and potassium excretion.

Can a low aldosterone level cause high blood pressure?

Hyperaldosteronism can cause high blood pressure, low potassium levels and an abnormal increase in blood volume because of the way the hormone affects the body. It’s also possible to have low levels of aldosterone. Primary adrenal insufficiency, a disease that causes a general loss of adrenal function, can be a cause.