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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Primary Hyperaldosteronism: Cardiologists Point Fingers in a New Direction

Primary hyperaldosteronism is caused by hypersecretion of aldosterone due to adenoma formation or bilateral hyperplasia of the adrenal glands. In the past it has been thought that primary hyperaldosteronism was a rare condition resulting in only 0.1 to 0.5% of the hypertension cases in society. Recent studies have prompted many medical experts to believe that primary hyperaldosteronism may be the culprit in 5 to 15% of the cases of hypertension in America. The disease is quite curable, as removal of the adenoma results in complete remission for most patients. These findings prompt new investigation into the disease.

Presenter: Jeffrey Colburn (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Biological Sciences
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 10 am (Session I)