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Florinef and Neurocardiogenic Syncope
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Florinef and Neurocardiogenic Syncope

I have been diagnosed (after having the tilt table test) with vasovagal syncope. My doctor prescribed both Florinef and a postassium supplement. I am an extreme salt fanatic and my salt intake is very high to begin with. I also drink excessive amounts of liquids, mostly water.

I do not understand the relationship between salt intake and vasovagal syncope. I do not understand how salt has anything do with the problem.

Also, would drinking something along the line of Gatorade, which has both extra salt and potassium be of any value?
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Dear Cathy:

The florinef just to help in your volume status, that might be hormonally regulated.  If you drink lots of water (which you should), you will urinate it out.  By adding alittle florinef the hormone will keep alittle more of it around to help in volume status.  Also, the potassium will help keep the fluid intravascular.  The extra salt helps keep the fluid intravascular for alittle while.  But again, just by drinking and eating, may not help a particular patient (sounds like this is you).  Any fluid will help.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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