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Could sudden drop in blood pressure cause hyperkalemia ?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Drop in BP: If a patient (p) has a drop in blood pressure due to an acute bleed or sepsis, for a period of time, the p can then develop acute renal failure (af). In af, the potassium (k), BUN and serum creatinine will rise and the carbon dioxide (c) will fall in the blood. The lack of excretion of k by the kidneys in af and the fall in c will cause the serum k to rise. This reverses when the af is over.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can sudden drop in blood pressure lead to hyperkalemia ? Any answers appreciated!

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Shock: It's actually whatever caused the drop. Shock often interferes with kidney function, and the big danger here is hyperkalemia. Tisue injury itself often releases potassium.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes a sudden drop in blood pressure?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Many things: Sudden drops in blood pressure can be due to bleeding, dehydration, pain, medications, and in a 32 year old, more likely enhanced vagal tone. Check with your doctor as sometimes more testing is needed.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What causes a rise in blood pressure?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Many things . . .: There are many ways to increase blood pressure (BP) such as stress & anxiety. Excess salt in one's diet can do so, too. Common over-the-counter medications such as decongestants can also increase one's BP. Smoking can temporarily increase BP while putting you at risk for many other issues. Obesity & lack of exercise don't help either. In fact, losing weight via exercise can decrease BP naturally.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What could cause a spike in blood pressure?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
No: Any physical or psychological stress can do it. Additionally cigarettes and other chemical distances especially drugs like coke.

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