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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

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


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Please tell me what can high potassium level in blood cause?

Please tell me what can high potassium level in blood cause?

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

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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.

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.

Watch it: If you have had extensive work up and seen a nephrologist and reviewed your meds, I would just keep monitoring it. Normal is what 65% of population has, and you just happen to fall outside the curve but can still be normal. Any family history of hyperkalemia? ...Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: 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

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What problems could high potassium levels in the blood cause?

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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Can high hba1c cause high potassium levels?

Can high hba1c cause high potassium levels?

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

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Can high potassium cause sudden increase in urine output?

High potassium: The level of one's potassium (k) has no influence on the amount of urine being made. Increased serum k does not increase urine production, off diuretics (d). If one is taking (d), k could be low due to urinary losses of k and/or magnesium. ...Read more

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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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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 : (

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 : (

Side effect: That is a known side effect but most people with normal kidney function should not developed increased potassium. Best to get a full blood work and take low potassium diet and have your labs checked on a regular basis. Discuss all options with your MD. ...Read more

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Can having high potassium cause heart attacks?

Can having high potassium cause heart attacks?

Rhythm problems: High potassium ccan cause abnormalities in heart rhythm which can be fatal. These rhythms can result in cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Can having high potassium cause heart attacks?

Can having high potassium cause heart attacks?

Yes: High potassium, (hyperkalemia) causes the heart to slow dangerously and will eventually cause ventricular dysrhythmia. The heart just stops.

This is not the classic "heart attack" caused by atherosclerosis, but the problem is just as serious if not worse. ...Read more

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Could having high potassium cause heart attacks?

Could having high potassium cause heart attacks?

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

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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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What will high potassium levels and high liver enzymes cause?

Worrisome: The high potassium may be from cell breakdown. The liver enzymes can be related to liver cells but can also come from muscle sources.
Please see your doctor regarding possible muscle cell breakdown as the cause of the findings you mention above. ...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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Hyperparathyroidism with low vit. D and slightly elevated potassium. What does this mean to you? Could high potassium cause headaches? Dizziness?

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

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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.

Possible: Specific blood pressure meds can cause hyperkalemia: ace inhibitors, arb's and potassium sparing diuretics being notorious among others. Diet and worsening kidney function are also possible causes for a high serum potassium or hyperkalemia. ...Read more

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What mechanism that high potassium causes cardiac arrest? I just know high k+ causes hyper excitability of cells?

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

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What can severe anemia, high potassium, high platelets, and high white blood count cause?

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

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What does high potassium mean?

What does high potassium mean?

Higher than normal: Usual lab potassium normal range is 3.8--5.0. May be slightly different from laboratory to laboratory. Any potassium level above that is considered high and has to be evaluation. Potassium above 5.5 meq/l is usually considered critically high. ...Read more

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What to do to lower high potassium?

What to do to lower high potassium?

Nephrologist: 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

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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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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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Does lemonade has high potassium?

Does lemonade has high potassium?

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

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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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What could the doctors do if you have a high potassium?

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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Should I avoid high potassium foods on losartan?

Possibly: Losartan can raise blood levels of potassium and therefore avoiding high dietary potassium intake would be advisable especially if there is any underlying kidney disease. Labs are usually done to evaluate potassium and kidney function. ...Read more

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Which foods high potassium intake?

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

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I got high potassium can I eat meat or chicken?

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

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Please tell me what does high potassium in blood work mean?

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

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Creatine messing up my liver and high potassium levels. Help?

Complex: 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

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Can blood work be wrong for high potassium left out too long?

Can blood work be wrong for high potassium left out too long?

Yes: Samples that are left on the counter too long can hemolyze. This raises the measured value of the potassium. Abnormal labs that are unexpected should be repeated for verification. ...Read more

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Can there be a link between hypothyroidism and high potassium?

See below: I am not aware of the relationship unless they are taking a medication for the hypothyroidism which as a side effect causes an elevation of their potassium. ...Read more

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