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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be mild to severe. The most common causes are kidney disease, Addison's disease, dehydration, and multiple drug therapies. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle) or hemolysis (breakdown of blood cells). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating or become very slow. It is usually treated by resin exchange agents (Kayexalate or others) or dialysis and fluids. Sometimes glucose, Insulin and sodium bicarbonate can be utilized as ...Read more


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Can high hba1c cause high potassium levels?

Can high hba1c cause high potassium levels?

Indirectly: If you mean hga1c, that is a test for diabetes. Diabetes is the number 1 cause of renal failure in the United States. Since potassium only leaves the body through the urine and stool, if your kidney function worsens with poorly controlled diabetes resulting in high hga1c, your kidneys may not be able to control the potassium level resulting in high potassium. ...Read more

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Does playing shuttle for 2 hrs cause high potassium levels when one is diabetic?

Does playing shuttle for 2 hrs cause high potassium levels when one is diabetic?

It shouldn't: A diabetic person should be able to do sports for a couple of hours without causing her potassium level to go outside of the normal range. If worried, one can be checked out by a primary care doctor. One can actually get a lab test done before and after exercise, to see if there is any abnormal difference, if worried about causing high potassium levels. ...Read more

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What problems could high potassium levels in the blood cause?

Cardiac problems: The most feared and morbid complication is a cardiac arrhythmia which could be fatal. This is usually caused by an acute rise in potassium level. The body may adapt to a slow chronic rise and therefore a treatment plan should be dictated by your doctor who would follow the level closely. ...Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it:
potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream. ...Read more

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I took aldactone (spironolactone) and it caused me to have high potassium levels? Why? Is that bad? I wanted to take it for my hirsituism : (

I took aldactone (spironolactone) and it caused me to have high potassium levels? Why? Is that bad? I wanted to take it for my hirsituism : (

Side effect: That is a known side effect but most people with normal kidney function should not developed increased potassium. Best to get a full blood work and take low potassium diet and have your labs checked on a regular basis. Discuss all options with your MD. ...Read more

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What will high potassium levels and high liver enzymes cause?

What will high potassium levels and high liver enzymes cause?

Worrisome: The high potassium may be from cell breakdown. The liver enzymes can be related to liver cells but can also come from muscle sources.
Please see your doctor regarding possible muscle cell breakdown as the cause of the findings you mention above. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can high potassium level in blood cause?

Please tell me what can high potassium level in blood cause?

Hyperkalemia effects: High blood potassium levels, hyperkalemia, (h) can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. Moderate h can produce ekg changes (ekg is an electrical reading of the heart muscles). Severe h can cause suppression of electrical activity of the heart and can cause the heart to stop beating. H can also cause muscle weakness or paralysis in severe cases. If you have h, see a nephrologist for a diagnosis and cure. ...Read more

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Other than kidney, adrenal, or dietary issues are there other causes for high potassium? My levels stay around 5.5 and nobody can find any problems.

Watch it: If you have had extensive work up and seen a nephrologist and reviewed your meds, I would just keep monitoring it. Normal is what 65% of population has, and you just happen to fall outside the curve but can still be normal. Any family history of hyperkalemia? ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of high potassium levels?

What are some of the symptoms of high potassium levels?

None or death: There are no symptoms from high potassium and, if you have normal kidney function, you can't get a high potassium unless you purposefully overdose on medication. When potassium becomes approximately twice the normal concentration, the heart stops. No warning. Just stops. (potassium is used in executions). ...Read more

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What are some of the dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

Death: If your kidney function is normal, you can't get a high potassium from diet, only from a purposeful od with medication. High potassium causes no symptoms, just death. It stops the heart. It's used in executions. ...Read more

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Would dialysis be needed for high potassium levels?

Yes: If the kidneys are not working and you are not making urine, and the potassium is very high dialysis would be needed to remove potassium. ...Read more

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What does high potassium levels in the blood indicate?

High potassium: Many conditions can cause high potassium levels in the blood. Among these are: disorders of the adrenal glands, hemolysis of red blood cells, breakdown of muscles following trauma.

Other causes are chronic kidney disease, diabetic ketoacidosis, or acidosis of any type, use of ace-inhibitors, or angiotensin blockers and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods help to lower high potassium level?

Please suggest what foods help to lower high potassium level?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist.
Please see this website for info on low potassium diet.
http://www. Kidney. Org/atoz/content/potassium. Cfm. ...Read more

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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement, which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods are safe to eat when trying to avoid high potassium levels?

Please suggest what foods are safe to eat when trying to avoid high potassium levels?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist.
Please see this website for info on low potassium diet.
http://www. Kidney. Org/atoz/content/potassium. Cfm. ...Read more

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Can high potassium cause sudden increase in urine output?

High potassium: The level of one's potassium (k) has no influence on the amount of urine being made. Increased serum k does not increase urine production, off diuretics (d). If one is taking (d), k could be low due to urinary losses of k and/or magnesium. ...Read more

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Could having high potassium cause heart attacks?

Could having high potassium cause heart attacks?

Yes: Severe hyperkalemia can lead to cardiac arrest, but not myocardial infarction (blockage of the heart arteries). It is highly lethal when it is very elevated and causes characteristic changes on EKG. It may be caused by undiagnosed kidney failure. It can be readily treated in an ER. ...Read more

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Would a high potassium cause shortness of breath?

Hyperkalemia: If it causes the heart to malfunction, which it will if high enough, shortness of breath will occur and if the potassium gets high enough the heart will slow down and stop; when this happens it cures the shortness of breath permanently....We call this death..... ...Read more

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What does a high potassium level reading in the blood mean or possibly indicate? My woman's dr. Called her and asked her to come in to have another blood sample taken. She called me because she's nervous. I told her that i'd try to find out what it mean

What does a high potassium level reading in the blood mean or possibly indicate? My woman's dr. Called her and asked her to come in to have another blood sample taken. She called me because she's nervous. I told her that i'd try to find out what it mean

Depends: Potassium level should be fine with normal functioning kidneys. High potassium may be an indication that there is something wrong with the kidney function. Either that or she is eating too much potassium containing foods or drinks. It really depends on how high the potassium was and whether her other chemistries are ok. ...Read more

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Creatine messing up my liver and high potassium levels. Help?

Complex: I'm not sure if you have a primary liver or kidney disease (or both). Creatinine elevation is unlikely the cause of liver dysfunction, unless medications are having a prolonged effect on the liver from kidney dysfunction.

The high potassium points to a kidney source of the problem.

See your internist. ...Read more

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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 (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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Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

See below: Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up. ...Read more

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