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what does too much potassium do to the heart?

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Dr. Daniel Conway
36 years experience General Surgery
Causes arrhythmia : Very high potassium (k) is a medical emergency. High k causes muscle weakness, paralysis, nausea, but most worrisome: heart arrhythmia's. In fact, k is used to stop the heart for open heart surgery. With high k, the ekg changes its waveform.
Answered on Jan 18, 2014
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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
31 years experience Cardiology
Arrhythmia: It may cause irregular heart beat that can be life threatening.
Answered on Nov 6, 2013
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