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Could Low Blood Potassium Cause Shortness Breath
It can: The lungs would try to compensate for that making the person breathe faster
Syndrome: What you describe could have many causes. The two you mention are among the possibilities.
If the: Low blood count is the hemoglobin or red cells then absolutely.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
If someone had low BP due to dysautonomia, would aldosterone be higher to increase blood volume? In turn could cause a lower than normal potassium?
Makes sense: Your reasoning is plausible. To prove it, you'd have to measure an aldosterone level.
Suspect hyperaldo: High blood pressure with low blood potassium levels brings the potential diagnosis of elevated aldosterone level (hyperaldosteronism) as a possibility. There may be other reasons- for example if you are taking a BP medication that may cause low potassium levels but your BP is still elevated. This finding requires a proper medical evaluation and lab analysis.
Most generally: No significant effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
What causes a low blood calcium level? Mine is 8.5 and I already take potassium and magnesium. Do they have anything to do with it? Vit d 57.6
A calcium of: 8.5 is still normal. The calcium level is "total" calcium, of which 1/2 is bound to proteins. Have your doctor check your "ionized calcium" which is a much more accurate determination of whether your calcium is low or not. Low parathyroid hormone can cause low calcium, as can certain kidney diseases, and other problems. Make sure you are on calcium and d. Your d level is already ok. Check w/docto.See 1 more doctor answer
Useful in a pinch: Respectfully, for the reasons detailed by dr. Rubin, nebulized albuterol can be effective within 30 minutes to lower potassium by about 0.5 mmol/l. The effect lasts about 2 hours. Long enough for bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) and Insulin therapies to start working.See 1 more doctor answer
Does low potassium increase blood pressure? If so, could nebulized albuterol's potassium-lowering effect be a significant factor as the cause of hbp?
If a person has a seizure because they are low on potassium - where does the threshold begin in the bloods potassium level to cause seizures?
Dangerously Low: No definite answer for you, but the level has to be very low, usually below 2 mg/dl.
I had a blood test at my doc this past wednesfay and potassium was 4.7. Well I went to ER and had a blood test and potassium was low at 3.4. He said to just increase my daily consumption. What would cause these fluctuations and am I in danger with those n
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