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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

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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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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Have low potassium, going to dr. To check kidneys, also have hot flashes, red hot face and hands, few times had high blood sugar. Possible diabetes?

Have low potassium, going to dr. To check kidneys, also have hot flashes, red hot face and hands, few times had high blood sugar. Possible diabetes?

Need for blood test: I trust that you plan to be fasting for your doctor's appointment so that fasting blood sugar may be tested. Though hemoglobin a1c can be tested in non-fasting state. It is not feasible to provide an answer without the lab tests. ...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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Hoping you can tell me, is constant low potassium level a sign of cancer?

Hoping you can tell me, is constant low potassium level a sign of cancer?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium intake or output. Low potassium could be due 1. To decreased intake, 2. Physiological shifts and 3. Increased loss in the stools or urine. It is best to consult nephrologist. ...Read more

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What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

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 (furosemide) 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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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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Can a 3.60 (slightly low) potassium level go to normal with simple changes in diet for one or two days or is longer time needed for improvement?Thnx

Can a 3.60 (slightly low) potassium level go  to normal with simple changes in diet for one or two days or is longer time needed for improvement?Thnx

Low K: There should be a reason why you K is low. Are you on meds ? Diarrhea etc. diet may help but if you have gon goon losses k may not rise just with diet. Determining the cause is key. A urine study can often help along with a good history. Often meds are the culprit for low K. Suggest find cause fix that and diet will help. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I had a CBC done and it showed a slight low potassium level. Would this cause small red dots on legs and hands?

Does not add up: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, CBC does not measure potassium so the information you provided is not reliable and you should consult the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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Heart palpitations and diahhrea. I have a heart murmur but I seen the heart doc not to long ago and everything was ok. I did have low potassium level.

Heart palpitations and diahhrea. I have a heart murmur but I seen the heart doc not to long ago and everything was ok. I did have low potassium level.

Restore potassium: Your potassium must be restored to normal before anything else. Additionally your RBC magnesium level needs to be checked and also followed as the magnesium level affects potassium level and both can precipitate arrythmias. The diarrhea probably caused the initially low potassium. Make sure you don't have an infection. Meantime rehydrate with an electrolyte drink to restore fluid and minerals. ...Read more

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Could you have Vipoma w/ out diarrhea? I have had low pottasium, numbness, weakness, hot flashes, high vip test, temp paralysis, low heart rate, dehyd

Could you have Vipoma w/ out diarrhea? I have had low pottasium, numbness, weakness, hot flashes, high vip test, temp paralysis, low heart rate, dehyd

It comes and goes: VIP levels and diarrhea fluctuate. This is an uncommon condition best managed with a team approach. Adrenal insufficiency and other conditions that cause diarrhea have by now been excluded I would assume. You should have a good talk with your gastroenterologist about what to expect. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die? What tests do I need?

What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die?

What tests do I need?

Low K: 55 F asks what can cause sudden dangerous low K? I collapsed and nearly died. ANS: Many things & can't detail here. but at ur age & having given no other information (people must think we can read minds here-NOT) suspect taking diuretic 4 HTN or edema, severe vomiting diarrhea sweating, GI tumor, or adrenal tumor making 2 much aldosterone. i specialize in this. Consult me! ...Read more

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Dr. Ron Eaker
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Hot Flashes (Definition)

Hot flashes are feelings of warmth that are most intense in the head, neck, and chest areas. They can result in extreme perspiration, which can lead to chills. Hot flashes are generally linked to menopause but might also be a result ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more