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Are Hot Flashes A Sign Of Low Potassium Level
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the lowest potassium level that i can safely going into surgery with? What are risks assoc w/ low potassium under general anaesthesia?
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