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Can you tell me the effects of low potassium on the human body?

Can you tell me the effects of low potassium on the human body?

Low potassium: Cardiac arrythmias, constipation, fatigue, weakness, leg cramps, altered sensorium. ...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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What are the side effects of low potassium to unborn child?

What are the side effects of low potassium to unborn child?

Heart is in danger : Most of the k+ in the body is inside the cells. While in the uterus, placenta works to support fetal vital organs (gas exchange, toxins excretion, etc.) after birth newborn needs to support himself and with severe hypokalemia most of the vital organs would be in failure: heart (rhabdomyolysis & arrhythmia), kidneys, gastrointestinal (paralitic ileus), respiratory - from ascending paralysis, etc. ...Read more

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Is there any link between the use of smokeless tobacco and low potassium levels? And what are the effects of low potassium?

Is there any link between the use of smokeless tobacco and low potassium levels? And what are the effects of low potassium?

Not known,,,: There is apparently no known link or major study linking smokeless tobacco with hypokalemia. The major consequence of hypokalemia is cardiac arrhythmia both ventricular and atrial. This can interfere with heart function and may result in heart failure. ...Read more

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Is the effects of Low Potassium and Vitamin D causing this ?

Is the effects of Low Potassium and Vitamin D causing this ?

Not related: Hi. Low potassium is not related to vitamin D. Several medicines cause low potassium. Do you have high blood pressure? If so, low potassium and high blood pressure are often related. You should talk with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of having low potassium? Its been 6 months now. Drs do not know why and meds not working,

What are the long term effects of having low potassium? Its been 6 months now. Drs do not know why and meds not working,

Hyperaldosteronism: The possible causes of persistent low potassium are discussed on the wikipedia page called "hyperaldosteronism" (link below). The page does not discuss anorexia (self-starvation) as a cause. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/hyperaldosteronism. ...Read more

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What are the effects of very low potassium in pregnancy

What are the effects of very low potassium in pregnancy

Muscle and cardiac: Mild hypokalemia has no symptoms.Moderate hypokalemia, with serum potassium concentrations of 2.5-3 meq/l, can cause muscle cramps and weakness, constipation etc .Severe hypokalemia there is flaccid paralysis. Heart rhythm problems may occur at different levels. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

See below: A low potassium level has many causes, some are due to decreased intake, some due to increase loss from the skin, gut eg loose stools, urine eg alcohol intake, tubular problems or magnesium deficiency.Others are due to shift of potassium into the cells. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die? What tests do I need?

What can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die?

What tests do I need?

Low K: 55 F asks what can cause sudden dangerous low K? I collapsed and nearly died. ANS: Many things & can't detail here. but at ur age & having given no other information (people must think we can read minds here-NOT) suspect taking diuretic 4 HTN or edema, severe vomiting diarrhea sweating, GI tumor, or adrenal tumor making 2 much aldosterone. i specialize in this. Consult me! ...Read more

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I have hypokalemia which is low potassium in my blood should I play soccer today or wait?

I have hypokalemia which is low potassium in my blood should I play soccer today or wait?

Low potassium: You would be better off waiting for your potassium (k) levels to rise before you play soccer. The more important question is, why is your k low? Are you on any medications that would lower it, like diuretics? Do you have a low magnesium level? See a physician to get to the cause of your low k level. It is better to prevent a problem than treat it. ...Read more

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I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?

I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. Is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? Or the other way?

Unlikely: A potassium-wasting problem might be due to kidney tubular / parenchymal damage from infection related to kidney stones, but in this case you would have been told of this by your physicians. If your potassium is actually significantly below the healthy range, this is serious and no physician would let it go without a full workup. You have a right to a thorough explanation from your doctor. ...Read more

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How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

Muscle cramps: You need proteins to build and maintain muscle, but you need to right balance of fluids and electrolytes to have good muscle function. When your potassium is low, you are more likely to experience muscle cramps and fatigue. ...Read more

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Insulin 64 after high carbs and glucose 54 & hypokalemia. I'm hypokalemic PP diagnosed but wonder if congenital hyperinsulin can cause low potassium?

Insulin 64 after high carbs and glucose 54 & hypokalemia. I'm hypokalemic PP diagnosed but wonder if congenital hyperinsulin can cause low potassium?

Insulin and carbs: Rachel, I wish I could help you but your comments are unclear. What do you mean by "insulin 64" and glucose 54? Have you been told that you have "congenital hyper-insulin"? In that case your doctor would have referred you to a surgeon. If you can, please give me some more information. ...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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Can you fix severe hypokalemia just by eating a lot more potassium?

Usually no: The severe hypocalcemia is usually due to severe losses of potassium that exceeds ability of food to replace it. Otc pills are also not enough. Very imp to have lab f/u during replete on to avoid over or under shooting. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more


Dr. Marvin Ott
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Klorvess (Definition)

Klorvess is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more