Chicago—A hormone once believed to be
a mediator of the body’s electrolyte and water balance is now being
appreciated by researchers as a potentially powerful therapeutic actor in
a variety of medical conditions.
Findings emerging from studies aimed at dissecting aldosterone’s
role in human physiology are encouraging scientists to explore whether therapeutic
actions against aldosterone can benefit patients with hypertension, ischemic
heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and renal disease.
Mitka M. Scientists Probe Aldosterone’s Role in Hypertension and Heart Disease. JAMA. 2004;292(22):2704-2707. doi:10.1001/jama.292.22.2704