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Could low blood potassium cause shortness breath?

Could low blood potassium cause shortness breath?

Low K SOB: YES. It can impair heart pumping. Also so can cause generalized tiredness. Need lots more details. So contact your team or consult with me. ...Read more

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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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Would a high potassium cause shortness of breath?

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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As a general rule, is 99mg of Potassium once daily enough to correct a deficiency level of 3.2? And can this level cause shortness of breath?

As a general rule, is 99mg of Potassium once daily enough to correct a deficiency level of 3.2? And can this level cause shortness of breath?

More potassium: I recommend that individuals with a low potassium take supplements and eat potassium-rich foods several times per day. Take the supplements with your meals which helps with the absorption. Also increase foods with higher potassium in your diet such as bananas, orange juice, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and cashews. The low potassium itself does not cause shortness of breath but weakness. ...Read more

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What causes chronically low blood potassium levels?

What causes chronically low blood potassium levels?

Few mechanisms: 1. Low intake in food 2. Loss in secretions- urine, gastrointestinal-vomitus and stool, sweat 3.Increased traslocation of k in to the cells in certain conditions eg. Insulin excess, mineralocorticoid( aldosterone - a hormone secreted by adrenal gld.) excess are associated with low potassium.There is a genetically acquired condition called periodic hypokalemic syndrome characterized by low k level. ...Read more

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Can fasting for a blood test cause low potassium?

Can fasting for a blood test cause low potassium?

No: Potassium levels are tightly regulated in the body. Fasting should not cause significant change in levels. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarence Grim
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