How is hypertension managed in the treatment of hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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If the patient has hypertension, then the next steps would be as follows:

  • Determine serum renin activity and aldosterone and cortisol levels

  • Obtain a 24-hour urine measurement for aldosterone, cortisol, sodium, and potassium

  • Consider an imaging study (eg, renal vascular Doppler, captopril renal scan, or computed tomography [CT] angiography) to investigate the possibility of renal artery stenosis; [55] perform a CT scan of the abdomen to investigate for a possible adrenal adenoma.


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