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Is it worrying that my sodium level has varied from 139-145

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Is it worrying that my sodium level has varied from 139-145 over last few months despite my always drinking at least 2 liters of water a day? I am terrified of water retention because of having been in CHF after a heart attack over a year ago. Now everything
normal but so worried. Usually sodium about 140 with the one high reading.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
any other medical issues?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Nothing although still on HA meds like statin, aspirin, caevedilol. Last sodium was 141 so generally it's been 139-141 with the one 145 a month ago. Does that signify dehydration rather than possible retention?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.

Yes, it does.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is the variation insignificant or just mean I may have been slightly dehydrated the day I had a level of 145?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.

just slightly dehydrated.