How does hypervolemic hyponatremia affect daily life?

Hypervolemic hyponatremia’s impact on daily life may vary depending on the severity of the imbalance, the cause of the imbalance, a person’s prior health status, and whether it is acute or chronic hyponatremia. Living with some of the conditions that cause hypervolemic hyponatremia, such as kidney disease, liver cirrhosis, and congestive heart failure can be debilitating and result in frequent hospitalizations. Due to the increased water retention of people with hypervolemic hyponatremia, edema (swelling due to excess fluid) may cause additional discomfort. 
In people with chronic hyponatremia, sodium levels drop more gradually - so symptoms may be milder. In acute hyponatremia sodium levels drop more rapidly, which can result in serious complications. 
Some potential complications of acute hyponatremia include:
  • Brain swelling
  • Seizures
  • Coma 
  • Death
living with hypervolemic hyponatremia

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