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Symptoms of low potassium?

Symptoms of low potassium?

Usually none.: One can suspect low potassium by a clinical history or by abnormalities on the ekg but there are usually no symptoms. People who take Benazepril often run potassium on the higher side of normal. ...Read more

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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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Symtems of low potassium?

Symtems of low potassium?

Electrical: The concentration of sodium outside and potassium inside cells is important to the resting membrane charge on the cell surface. This has implications specifically for heart muscle cells (arrhythmia) and regular muscle cells (weakness). The potassium concentration has to get below 3mmol/l before either of these would be expected. ...Read more

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Side effects of low inr?

Side effects of low inr?

Clots: If your inr is below target, you're at increased risk for the clots you're taking warfarin to prevent. ...Read more

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Side effects of potassium supppliment?

Side effects of potassium supppliment?

See below: Pottassium supplements can cause esophageal irritation or ulcers, and excess accumulation in the blood for any reason can cause heart rate disturbances and muscle weakness or paralysis. ...Read more

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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement , which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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What are some of the side effects of low iron levels?

What are some of the side effects of low iron levels?

Anemia: It is not the low iron levels per se that cause symptoms, but the anemia due to iron deficiency that, depending on severity, may cause symptoms. Please consult this site for information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/symptoms/con-20019327 ...Read more

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What causes low potassium? What are the symptoms of low potassium?

What causes low potassium? What are the symptoms of low potassium?

Low potassium: There are many causes of a low blood potassium level. It can be caused by vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic use, antibiotics such as penicillin, low magnesium blood levels, increased sweating and hyperaldosteronism or conn's syndrome. See your physician to arrive the correct diagnosis in your case. ...Read more

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What are some of the physiological effects of high / low blood glucose levels?

What are some of the physiological effects of high / low blood glucose levels?

Many: High bs can lead to glucosuria (spelling of sugar in the urine) and on the long turn if persistent, enodothelial damage (inner wall of the blood vessels). Low bs on the other hand, can trigger a cascade of chemical reactions, namely ketone formation, elevated adrenaline, growth hormone, cortisol and sympathetic nervous system activation. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the side effects of low iron levels?

Doctors, what are the side effects of low iron levels?

Iron deficiency: fatigue and poor concentration. of course if the deficiency leads to anemia. then the anemia will cause exertional symptoms, near syncope , light headedness. restless leg and sleep disturbances can happen as well. iron is important to extract energy from nutrition ...Read more

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Will 2-6 units of alcohol cause low potassium? Also on florinef (fludrocortisone)

Will 2-6 units of alcohol cause low potassium? Also on florinef (fludrocortisone)

Alcohol units?: Hi. Alcohol is not measured in "units" as far as I've ever heard. Having said that, alcohol at any level does not cause low blood potassium (K). There are some adrenal hormones that, if present in excess, will cause low K. Florinef (fludrocortisone) mimics one such adrenal hormone, aldosterone. If Florinef (fludrocortisone) dose is too high, that can cause low K. Why are you on Florinef (fludrocortisone)? Are you also on hydrocortisone? Need moreinfo ...Read more

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Side effects of high estrogen in men?

Side effects of high estrogen in men?

Avoid Estr if man: Why take it. It can feminize you, decrease sperm, cause breast enlargement and reduce immunity. ...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 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 some causes of high calcium, sodium, potassium, and chloride?

What are some causes of high calcium, sodium, potassium, and chloride?

Cause of high Ca: The most common cause of hypercalcemia in an ambulatory patient is hyperparathyroidism. The most common cause in a hospitalized patient would be cancer metastatic to the skeleton. I would suggest evaluation for hyperparathyroidism which starts with a match set of blood tests, calcium and intact PTH. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of low testosterone?

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What are the side effects of low testosterone?

How low is low?: Patients may or may not notice any symptoms typically associated w/low testosterone. It depends upon what you're used to and how low is low. For instance, everyone agrees an F is failure. But some consider anything but an A equivalent to failure. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/male-hypogonadism/basics/definition/con-20014235 for info on hypogonadism or low T. ...Read more

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Can adderal cause low potassium and magnesium levels?

Can adderal cause low potassium and magnesium levels?

Not usually: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) does not usually affect electrolyte levels on its own. Use of diuretics could, though. ...Read more

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

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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Does high levels of potassium cause weight gain?

Not directly: A high potassium level in and of itself won't cause a weight gain. However, if potassium level is high due to poor kidney function, weight gain could be seen due to water retention. Avoid high potassium foods until you discuss this with your doctor (bananas, oranges, tomatoes, potatoes.) good luck. ...Read more

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What are the effects of having a low calcium blood level?

What are the effects of having a low calcium blood level?

Low calcium: A low calcium level may cause many problems and if your doctor has ordered the test and found a low calcium she/he should have taken care of the low calcium What other conditions do you have? Let me know and I should be able to help you. Your doctor must have done tests more than just calcium. ...Read more

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Effects of too low high density lipoprotein in human body function?

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Effects of too low high density lipoprotein in human body function?

No real impact: If otherwise genetically normal, no real clinical issues. ...Read more

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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

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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,

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

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)?

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


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Klorvess (Definition)

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