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And what is a reason to go on a high potassium diet?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Low potassium: Potassium is a necessary ion (electrolyte) which is necessary for all cells but especially cardiac conduction. Low potassium raises the risk of arrhythmias. Kidneys very closely regulate potassium. Diarrhea, diuretics, vomiting, severe sweating, nasogastric drainage and (maybe) bizarre diet can cause a low potassium. If a measured potassium is low, supplementation with diet or meds is advised.

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