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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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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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Avoiding Dehydration (Checklist)

Monitor and increase your water consumption
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Avoid alcohol and other diuretics
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Be aware of environmental issues -- adjust fluids for heat or activity
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What are some of the dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

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?

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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Avoiding Dehydration (Checklist)

Limit alcohol intake
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Limit sugary drinks (e.g. soda)
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Get a little daily sun exposure for vitamin D, but not too much
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Drink at least 3 glasses of water daily unless directed otherwise
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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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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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Avoiding Dehydration (Checklist)

Aim for 4-8 8 oz glasses of water daily depending on diet & health
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Make sure to bring bottled water when exercising outdoors
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Decrease consumption of alcohol and caffeine
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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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Dehydration (Definition)

In physiology and medicine, dehydration (hypohydration) is the excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying ...Read more

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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as serum potassium of 3.5 to 5. . Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above ...Read more

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