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A 39-year-old female asked:

what does high potassium mean?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Higher than normal: Usual lab potassium normal range is 3.8--5.0. May be slightly different from laboratory to laboratory. Any potassium level above that is considered high and has to be evaluation. Potassium above 5.5 meq/l is usually considered critically high.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do I get potassium out of my favorite high-potassium vegetables?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Soak in water?: It is known that soaking potatos helps to take out potassium. Theoretically may be possible from other vegetables but there is no supporting data.
A 28-year-old member asked:

What are some good foods that are high in potassium (greater than 200 milligrams per portion)?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Tomatoes: Avoid foods like potatoes, orange juice, carrot and prune juice, bananas and beans. These foods all have large amounts of potassium.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Went to lunch with my family. Noticed things that were worrisome. What are the symptoms of high potassium and who can get it?

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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Please clarify: Very high potassium can cause slowing and stopping of heart beat. I am not sure what you noticed over lunch to make you think of high potassium. Please clarify if you want a more relevant answer.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Avoid high potassium: Try and keep potassium in normal range. Severely high potassium affecting heart rhythm is an emergency.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What would make an anorexic person have high potassium (hyperkalemia)?

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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anorexic: Low sodium from induced vomiting or dehydration or abuse of diuretics.

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