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I have heart palpitations and pains what does cortisol have to do with this ?

Phone call a few days ago but not much info They said something about all the blood tests went fine apart from the cortisol one whta could this mean to me? I have heart palpitations and pains what does cortisol have to do with this i m obese but i am sure this is due to overeating ..
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland (which is located above the kidney). Abnormally high levels may indicate an adrenal tumor. A one time blood test is usually insufficient to diagnose a problem with cortisol. The doctors may order a 24 hour urine free cortisol test which measures the level of cortisol in the urine over a 24 hr period. Since cortisol levels fluctuate during the day, this test is more accurate. Increased cortisol levels is also associated with Cushings Syndrome which may explain your obesity. Hope this helps. Ask your doctor for additional information and what the next step in management is for you.
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