When the hormone enters the bloodstream, the following will increase:
- Heart rate
- Cardiac output
- Blood pressure
- Sugar metabolism
The above responses help to prepare your body for a “fight or flight” reaction, making you ready for rapid, strenuous activity.
The following health conditions are linked to epinephrine levels:
- Addison’s disease is a severe or total deficiency of the hormones made by the adrenal glands, including epinephrine, cortisol, and aldosterone.
- Adrenal tumors, some called pheochromocytoma, can cause too much adrenal hormones to be produced. In the case of pheochromocytoma, the hormones produced are epinephrine and noradrenaline.
This over-secretion of epinephrine can lead to a dangerous and severe elevation in blood pressure.
In different types of adrenal tumors, other hormones are over-produced, including cortisol, aldosterone, and androgens.
- What is Adrenaline? (https://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/hormones/adrenaline)
- What is Adrenaline? (http://www.yourhormones.info/Hormones/Adrenaline.aspx)
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