Q: I have a history of high blood pressure but controlled my blood pressure with diet and exercise w/ out meds. After 9mos. then started to experienced high blood pressure periodically and increasing stroke symptoms. I went to ER where my blood pressure was stabilized and I was told that I had low sodium. How is it possible to have low sodium and primary high blood?
A: People with high blood pressure can have other medical problems. Vomiting and diarrhea are two common conditions that can cause a low sodium level. Unless you get really dehydrated, blood pressure will be unchanged. More serious conditions are heart failure and kidney failure. You should talk to your doctor about what caused your low sodium.