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My husband chf, and only pumps 17 pre. Today he is very dizziy, tried, soure, and is haveing hot flashes. Could this be a side effect of low potassium?

My husband chf, and only pumps 17 pre. Today he is very dizziy, tried, soure, and is haveing hot flashes. Could this be a side effect of low potassium?

GET IT CHECKED: You should get it checked with your doctor or the cardiologist.Your husband has chf, we dont know what his ejection fraction is, he is dizzy and having hot flashes.He should see his doc to find out what is going on with him. ...Read more

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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more

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If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?

If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?

It's what matters: The serum potassium is in equilibrium with the tissue concentrations, which must be maintained within a very narrow range for the heat to be able to maintain its beat. Your question is a good one and reflects a common misunderstanding. It's not the total body potassium that matters, just the amount that's actually affecting the electrical system outside the heart & brain cells. ...Read more

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Managing Hot Flashes (Checklist)

Try "paced-breathing"
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Avoid food triggers such as alcohol and spicy food
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Sip ice water, carry a small fan, and dress in layers
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What symptoms will you have with a low potassium level?

What symptoms will you have with a low potassium level?

It can vary. : Not to frighten you but the symptoms can range from anywhere to leg cramps to sudden cardiac death. If you suspect you have a low potassium level it would be best to see your dr and get it tested. ...Read more

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What will happen if you chronically have low potassium level?

What will happen if you chronically  have low potassium level?

Cardiac rhythm : Problems. It is important to establish the cause of low potassium and treat the cause as there may be other issues than just low potassium. Low potassium has deleterious effect of the functioning of the heart. ...Read more

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Managing Hot Flashes (Checklist)

Drink cold water
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Eat soy products. Yams and kava kava have natural phytoestrogen.
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Discuss HRT with your doctor
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What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

Long list of answers: High k (potassium) can be from lab error, released from red cells or from taking in more than the kidneys can remove. Typically from kidney trouble. Some medications make this more possible. Low k is found in patients who are volume depleted, drugs such as Lasix can make this happen. Some kidney diseases lead to k loss. These problems need expert attention. K problems are serious. ...Read more

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Managing Hot Flashes (Checklist)

Have your neurotransmitters checked to balance neurotransmitters
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Avoid spicy foods until managed
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Have your hormones checked until balanced with neurotransmitters
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Avoid overheated rooms or temperature
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Hot Flashes (Definition)

Hot flashes are extremely common as women approach menopause. These are in some way related to a decrease in estrogen production which causes instability of the 'thermoregulatory' centers in the brain. They can be debilitating, and they can ...Read more

Low Potassium (Definition)

The medical term is as above. Most labs and clinicians define hypokalemia as a level less than 3.5 meq/l .In addition, one can have total body depletion of potassium stores even if the level is normal. This is ...Read more

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