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Does Malnutrition Cause High Potassium
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 : (
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
Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium. What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?
Hyperparathyroidism: It means you do have Hyperparathyroidism and since you are less than 50 years old, you are a candidate for Parathyroid surgery to cure it. You need vit d supplemet depending on your level. High Pottasium level has been described with Hyperparathyroidism and may cause headace ...Read more
Mom has high potassium in her blood, She also is on high BP medicine, could this have caused it? She never had this before the meds.
What mechanism that high potassium causes cardiac arrest? I just know high k+ causes hyper excitability of cells?
Cell repolarization: When cardiac muscle cells fire, they use up part of the electrochemical gradient they maintain in life. They are repolarized by an outward potassium (K+) flux across the plasma membrane. This outward K+ current depends on the K+ electrochemical gradient. If the "outside" K+ (in blood & interstitial fluid) is very high, that destroys the K+ electrochemical gradient, the cells can't repol; they stop ...Read more
Underlying cause?: These are each signs of disease - need to find underlying cause to fix. High platelets and high WBC come from any kind of inflammation (infection, autoimmune, injury, etc), high potassium can be cellular damage or kidneys not working well. Anemia can be from internal or external bleeding, blood cells being destroyed, or inability to create enough new rbcs (nutritional or bone marrow problem). ...Read more
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
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
Lemons have some K+: Lemons have around 80mg potassium per serving. Other foods have higher potassium content like broccoli (468mg/ serving) or bananas (462mg/ serving). Lemonade potassium content would depend on if real lemons were used, how many were used and how much of the lemonade you consume. ...Read more
High potassium: In medical jargon it is called hyperkalemia. In an emergency, we use different medications including diuretics (lasix), potassium binders (kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate)), IV insulin with 50% dextrose IV, and IV fluids, if not responding to these interventions will do dialysis as a last resort. If you have chronically high potassium levels kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) is often recommended in addition to a low potassium diet. ...Read more
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Many foods: Salamualaikum! These include sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, bananas, yogurt, clams, prunes, carrot juice, molasses, fish, soybeans, winter squash, milk, orange juice. ...Read more
Yes: Avoid the following: potatoes, tomato juice/sauce, oranges, bananas, peanut butter, much squash/zucchini, & raisin. You cannot eat potassium free diet. But you can minimize it and follow with your doc on the trend. Many of the times, the high potassium is due to medication. Ask your doc if this is the case. ...Read more
Above normal range: Potassium is a natural element important for bodily functions. The body regulates its blood levels very tightly. Too high or too low causes problems, such as heart rhythm (life threatening). High levels in blood can be caused by a multitude of things. Common and important causes are: kidney disease, medication side effect, acidity in blood... First thing to do is confirm by repeating the bloodwork. ...Read more
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