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what is the normal range for potassium levels in blood

A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. John cuong Doan
17 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: on whether the high potassium level is because of kidney disease, medications (like lisinopril and losartan for BP or potassium supplements), endocrin ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Follow it: Don't treat a lab value. The reference range is set so that several percent of folks fall a bit outside at either end. Don't confuse it with setting a ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Low Potassium: Low potassium most often is due to diuretics but in a number of people might be due to a aldostrone imbalance. Low alt, ast are not associated with a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Leg cramps: Its worth continuing the magnesium supplement as we only measure extracellular levels but the intracellular levels may be reduced. If cramps occur in ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Blachly
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Major mineral: Potassium is the major positively charged mineral ion inside your cells. A low blood potassium ("K") can reflect low total body stores; low total body ... Read More
A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. H Robert Silverstein
Specializes in Cardiology
2 questions here: It is my belief that the current guidelines are outmoded. Risk is "direct, continuous, and linear." what that means is the higher the worse, the low ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Bennett
29 years experience Urology
LOW PATASSIUM: It depends on the cause of the deficiency. If you are on blood pressure medication it can take a while to get it back up. A few bananas or cups of ora ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Yes!: If blood has been sitting too long, potassium levels can rise. If some hemolysis has occurred potassium will rise. If you have recently taken kcl in ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anna Flor Salcedo
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Not necessarily ...: Unless you have symptoms like cramps or weakness. You can replace it by natural sources such as bananas, oranges, tomatoes, etc. Also if you have wate ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Thyroid: I presume you have been taking thyroid medicine since your thyroid was removed. How much, how often, and when do you take your thyroxine? Best at bed ... Read More
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