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A 38-year-old member asked:

can alcoholism cause low potassium levels and how does this affect your heart?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Dehydrating and electrolyte depletion can result from excess alcohol consumption. Low potassium can lead to heart arrhythmias.
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Damage heart: Alcoholism does not cause low potassium. Rather it can cause magnesium deficiency. Alcohol is very toxic to heart muscle in some individuals and can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy which can then lead to heart failure and serious issues.

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Can an iron supplement be taken along with losartan potassium?

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What exactly is potassium and why is it important for someone with chronic kidney disease?

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Is there any thing besides a banana and orange juice that can help me deal with low potassium?

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Dr. James Cain
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I find it hard to get enough omega-3 and vitamin-d as well as potassium just from food alone as recommended dosages is 2-3g; 1000iu and 4700 ?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
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Food then supplement: Evidence currently suggests that eating healthy is best way to stay healthy. Attempts to isolate specific factors from food and sell said factors as supplements have not demonstrated much benefit. With that said, if you don't like or can't eat enough fish, dairy & fruits/veggies, i suppose you could/should take supplements. But i'd still recommend real food first. Btw, fda doesn't approve suppleme.
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A 17-year-old male asked:

I'm on Benicar (olmesartan) 20 mg for hbp. My last blood test for potassium. It was 4.6. What are the chances the Benicar (olmesartan) increases it to dangerous levels?

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Dr. Victoria Wang
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Very little danger.: Benicar (olmesartan) is a very good hypertension medication and it should not affect your potassium level. You do not need to worry if you are on plain benicar (olmesartan). But if you are on a diuretic with it like benicar (olmesartan)/hct then the diuretic will cause your potassium to be low and you will need to have your potassium levels checked regularly.

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