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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

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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Can alkalosis of the blood due to low potassium and fludrocortisone cause shortness of breath?

Can alkalosis of the blood due to low potassium and fludrocortisone cause shortness of breath?

It can: The lungs would try to compensate for that making the person breathe faster ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a low normal blood count cause shortness of breath?

Please tell me, could a low normal blood count cause shortness of breath?

If the: Low blood count is the hemoglobin or red cells then absolutely. ...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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What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can cause low blood potassium and high potassium in urine? No diuretic taking.

Varies: Diuretics are very common.
Any other medication?
Nephroparhy with potassium loss.
Some adrenal issues.
Need full history and exams and imaging ...Read more

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Can using albuterol cause a low potassium on your blood test?

Can using albuterol cause a low potassium on your blood test?

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. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with hypokalemia after taking florinef (fludrocortisone). Same day I had blood work for nt-probnp. Could low potassium cause high bnp? Mine was high

Florinef (fludrocortisone): Florinef (fludrocortisone) causes salt and fluid retention. The fluid retention may cause a rise in bnp. Suggest you discuss result with your md. Lowering of the potassium is a known side effect of Florinef (fludrocortisone) use. ...Read more

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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

Slightly low: 4.7 is in the normal range in most labs and the 3.4 is just below the normal range. Many things can cause this including vomiting, diuretics, renal disease, low intake and vigorous exercise. ...Read more

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II eat no more 20 carbs a day. My blood sugars have been in the 50s, 60s & 70s. Can low potassium cause low blood sugar readings or my carb intake?

II eat no more 20 carbs a day. My blood sugars have been in the 50s, 60s & 70s. Can low potassium cause low blood sugar readings or my carb intake?

It's lack of carbs: Why limit your carbs to 20g daily? Why are you checking your blood sugars? As you ought to know if you are doing this experiment, your body will eventually deplete its natural stores of glucose and eventually have impaired gluconeogenesis, leading to ketosis, a state that some seek for extreme weight loss, as fat is mobilized to provide alternative ketone-related energy. Be careful! Good luck ...Read more

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Would taking Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and linzess everyday cause low potassium levels in blood?

Low K: Linzess is for IBS and Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can cause diarrhea. So yes if a person has diarrhea either due to IBS or due to Miralax (polyethylene glycol) overuse there can be low k. These medications themselves are unlikely to cause low k. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have low potassium and leading up to getting my blood checked I had upper stomach pain and near fainting experience, would low potassium cause this.

I have low potassium and leading up to getting my blood checked I had upper stomach pain and near fainting experience, would low potassium cause this.

Not likely.: Low potassium in and of itself is unlikely to cause this symptom. If potassium is on the low side regularly might want to discuss possibility of hyperaldosteronism or too much hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) with your doc. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes low red blood cells (rbc), low potassium and low blood pressure?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes low red blood cells (rbc), low potassium and low blood pressure?

Too many issues: Please consult the sites given below and submit specific questions as the topics are too broad for a helpful answer.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anemia/basics/definition/con-20026209
http://www.Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/low-potassium/basics/definition/sym-20050632
http://www.Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/low-blood-pressure/basics/definition/con-20032298. ...Read more

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What can cause dizziness and a low pulse rate (44-60 bpm). EKG, X-ray, blood work, CT scan are all normal except for low potassium.

What can cause dizziness and a low pulse rate (44-60 bpm).  EKG, X-ray, blood work, CT scan are all normal except for low potassium.

Dizzy with low pulse: Hello JCortes, that's a really tough set of symptoms because there can be so many causes of dizziness. The first thing to come to my mind though when I hear low blood pressure though is medications, especially blood pressure medicine. If you're taking any medicine, prescribed or not prescribed, you should probably see your doctor or google them and check for common side effects. Good luck :) ...Read more

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Sudden dizziness, arms felt cold, nausea, and feeling faint, so went to ER. EKG normal, chest X-ray & brain CT & blood tests ok but low potassium. Sent home. Can Low potassium cause these symptoms?

Sudden dizziness, arms felt cold, nausea, and feeling faint, so went to ER. EKG normal, chest X-ray & brain CT & blood tests ok but low potassium. Sent home.  Can Low potassium cause these symptoms?

Not likely: Your symptoms & the rapidity with which everything seems to have come on speaks in favor of what we refer to as a VASOVAGAL reaction. For some reason you suddenly had a stimulation by the Vagus Nerve of your cardiovascular system which would've dropped your blood pressure & heart rate by a fair amount. Since you were sent home from the ER I'm sure your potassium wasn't THAT LOW to be of concern. ...Read more

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Could high blood cholesterol cause shortness of breath?

Could high blood cholesterol cause shortness of breath?

Cholesterol SOB: High cholesterol itself can't cause sob but bad cholesterol build up with arterial and heart damage can in turn cause symptoms.
Primary prevention is key... ...Read more

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If the heart and lungs are fine, no anemia etc but the brain receives less blood due to say hypotension could it cause shortness of breath?

If the heart and lungs are fine, no anemia etc but the brain receives less blood due to say hypotension could it cause shortness of breath?

Highly Unlikely!: Hypotension drives dizziness, slowness of mental function, etc; dyspnea (shortness of breath) very unlikely. Dyspnea typically a result of exercise, anxiety &/or increased congestion in lungs, as perceived in brain. Having a "normal" echo or MRI does no exclude this because they do not reveal diastolic function, pulmonary venous pressures or air flow; only possibly changes of chronic elevation. ...Read more

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