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Sodium levels in the blood are usually given in mEq/L but sometimes you can see these values in mmol/l following the International System of Units (SI). Numeric values are similar in mmol/L or in mEq/L
Hypernatremia or high blood sodium levels in the blood are typical of multiple medical conditions like diarrhea, vomiting or excessive sweating. It can be seen also in case of suffering from diabetes insipidus or disorders of the adrenal glands.
Hypernatremia or high sodium blood levels mean:
Although the upper normal limit is 145 mEq/L, values below 150 mEq/L are not a concern. Mild hypernatremia is most often asymptomatic and due to dehydration.
Your sodium level is moderately high and it is necessary to study further the underlying causes.
A visit to your doctor is recommended to avoid neuromuscular effects. He will tell you how to reduce your sodium level in the blood.
Your sodium level is so high that you are probably suffering from muscle weakness, irritability, confusion or seizures.
You must visit your doctor because you may require hospitalization as marked hypernatremia can lead to coma.
Severe hypernatremia over 160 mEq/L is a medical emergency requiring urgent treatment.
Extreme hypernatremia (>190 mEq/l) is associated with mortality rates of over 60%.
There are some circumstances or drugs than can raise your sodium blood levels:
There are many medical conditions and diseases why the sodium blood level can be higher than normal:
If your sodium blood level is slightly high, you can consider the following tips:
If your blood sodium level is very high and the medical staff thinks it appropriate you may need intravenous fluid therapy.
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The following values are considered to be above the normal range:
IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in mEq/L (mmol/L). They are an example of a healthy man of about 45 years of age with no known disease, not taking any medication and with an appropriate intake of sodium in the diet. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.
|146 mEq/l||147 mEq/l||148 mEq/l||149 mEq/l||150 mEq/l|
|151 mEq/l||152 mEq/l||153 mEq/l||154 mEq/l||155 mEq/l|
|156 mEq/l||157 mEq/l||158 mEq/l||159 mEq/l||160 mEq/l|
|161 mEq/l||162 mEq/l||163 mEq/l||164 mEq/l||165 mEq/l||166 mEq/l||167 mEq/l||168 mEq/l|
|169 mEq/l||170 mEq/l||171 mEq/l||172 mEq/l||173 mEq/l||174 mEq/l||175 mEq/l||176 mEq/l|
|177 mEq/l||178 mEq/l||179 mEq/l||180 mEq/l||181 mEq/l||182 mEq/l||183 mEq/l||184 mEq/l|
|185 mEq/l||186 mEq/l||187 mEq/l||188 mEq/l||189 mEq/l||190 mEq/l||191 mEq/l||192 mEq/l|
|193 mEq/l||194 mEq/l||195 mEq/l||196 mEq/l||197 mEq/l||198 mEq/l||199 mEq/l||200 mEq/l|