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Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: See your doctor for appropriate supplements.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Hypokalemia: Abnormal heart rhythms (dysrhythmias), especially in people with heart disease constipation fatigue muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) muscle weakness ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alok Agrawal
33 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Weakness: Muscle weakness, heart rhythm problems.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Mathew
57 years experience in Cardiology
Yes: You need to investigate the cause and correct it.Potassiam is very important to multiple vital organs including the heart.If not it can lead to lethal ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Dehydration: Does not cause hypokalemia.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susana Sixto-rodriguez
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Electrolyte imbalanc: It is important for you to have small frequent meals to keep your glucose and electrolytes in balance. K and glucose will affect each other as will o ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Muscle cramps: You need proteins to build and maintain muscle, but you need to right balance of fluids and electrolytes to have good muscle function. When your potas ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Acquired vs.: Inherited. Hypokalaemia can occur due to many causes, diuretic use being a common reason. Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder and ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shin Beh
Dr. Shin Beh answered
8 years experience in Neurology
Potassium Chloride: There is some suggestion that Potassium Chloride is better since the chloride ion may counteract the metabolic alkalosis that comes with hypokalemia. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
18 years experience in Cardiology
Potassium shift: the concentration of electrolytes in the body and blood stream are very complex. The body strives to maintain normal concentrations of potassium, aci ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
24 years experience in General Practice
Potatoes,bananas,gre: Green leafy vegetables.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience in Neurosurgery
Channelopathy: This is a disorder whereby potassium metabolism and weakness occur simultaneously. In turn this is due to abnormal functions in nerve cell membranes, ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Hyponatremia: The answers to your questions cannot fit in allotted space. For the causes of hyponatremia go to this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-condit ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Patrick Sweet III
19 years experience in Pathology
Hyperaldosteronism: Aldosterone causes loss of k+ in exchange for na+ in the nephron. The volume of water in the urine will follow the na+ back into the blood leading to ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohamad Ali
18 years experience in Internal Medicine
It's possible.: Low potassium can cause the heart to have various rhythm changes. It's possible that those changes can result in ortho static hypotension. You should ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Why do you ask?: Wilson's disease is a deadly genetic disease involving the liver and brain; you either have it or you don't, and any practicing physician can make the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Potassium: Electrolytes are in balance between intra and extracellular spaces. If the serum potassium is low, then even though intracellular potassium is higher, ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience in Endocrinology
HypoK: If you are losing so much K consistently, you should probably be on K supplements. Overall, however, you have a complicated medical condition and you ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Certain kinds: Of kidney disorders result in an inability of the kidneys to retain potassium. This means that the kidneys pee out all the potassium. Most kidney di ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Bress
49 years experience in Internal Medicine
See below : An extremely elevated level of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia) can cause a slow heart rate (bradycardia) and even cardiac arrest.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alok Agrawal
33 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
See below: Plasma renin activity and serum aldosteone levels. Sometimes urine aldosterone levels or cortisol levels.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alok Agrawal
33 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
See below: See a endocrinologist or nephrologist. I will need more details- such as do you have high blood pressure.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Mathew
57 years experience in Cardiology
Yes: It can cause!
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Cell Bursting: The majority of your potassium resides inside your cells. When rhadomyolosis (destruction of your muscles) occur, then these cells burst. When these ... Read More
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A 93-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Afib: Low potassium can be associated with a fib and other rhythm problems.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. SUBHASH KUMAR
49 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Not common: Both condition can co exist sometimes but not always and not common.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
22 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
No: Hyperkalemia causes cardiac arrest in diastole.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Distal tubule: In the absence of aldosterone and its like from the adrenal cortex, the proximal tubule has some mechanisms that ordinarily waste sodium and hang onto ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience in Internal Medicine
Endocrinologist: I can't think of an autoimmune disease that has this constellation of signs and symptoms. An endocrinologist could provide more information about this ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Low potassium: Hypokalemia is a low blood potassium level. It can be from many reasons. Usually one sees this with vomiting and diarrhea from gastroenteritis. It ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
22 years experience in Cardiology
No: Low potassium can cause muscle pain, cramps, weakness, paralysis, and even heart rhythm changes. Extent of symptoms are in part related to severity of ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Stachler
30 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hypokalemia: Depending on the degree of electrolyte imbalance the more dizzy you can become. You may be slightly off with regard to your potassium level. Eat a c ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience in Internal Medicine
PRIOR ANSWER +...: Digoxin by itself doesn't lead to hypokalemia (low potassium). Dig is used for congestive heart failure traditionally; however there are many problems ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
Treat the cause: And replacing it with pills or IV potassium. Take care!
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Try hydroquinone: Depending on the severity and the location, topical creams like hydroquinone may help. See your dermatologist for recommendations specific to your sk ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
I know of no cure: Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis is what i think you are talking about. There are treatments for it including low carb diets and exercise limits and c ... Read More
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A 15-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Need to fix b4 srgry: It will need to be treated prior to surgery- especially the hypokalemia-as it is quite significant. It may cause significant problems- including aryt ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
19 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends: Depends on the reason for your hypokalemia. If it is an isolated incident of hypokalemia, it should not prevent you from having children. If it so ... Read More
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