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A 57-year-old female asked:

high potassium symptoms?

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Dr. Danny Farahmandian
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Depends on how high: When it gets high enough your heart stops. But more commonly high potassium can give you palpitations or sometimes no symptoms at all. Regardless of whether you have symptoms, the cause should be investigated and treated promptly.

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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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Hyperkalemia. : Early signs are fairly non-specific and can include nausea, malaise, fatigue, muscle weakness and heart palpitations. But these symptoms can be seen in other disorders too, so they are not unique to hyperkalemia. Unfortunately, if the potassium level becomes too high, life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias may develop. Hope this answers your question.

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