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High potassium symptoms?

High potassium symptoms?

Depends on how high: When it gets high enough your heart stops. But more commonly high potassium can give you palpitations or sometimes no symptoms at all. Regardless of whether you have symptoms, the cause should be investigated and treated promptly. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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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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Need help finding high potassium foods?

Need help finding high potassium foods?

High potassium food: Tomato, potato, all citrus, peaches, apricots, nectarines, strawberries, melons, mango, banana. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of high potassium?

Hyperkalemia. : Early signs are fairly non-specific and can include nausea, malaise, fatigue, muscle weakness and heart palpitations. But these symptoms can be seen in other disorders too, so they are not unique to hyperkalemia. Unfortunately, if the potassium level becomes too high, life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias may develop. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

What's your opinion on treating high potassium?

Avoid high potassium: Try and keep potassium in normal range. Severely high potassium affecting heart rhythm is an emergency. ...Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

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 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?

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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How do I get potassium out of my favorite high-potassium vegetables?

How do I get potassium out of my favorite high-potassium vegetables?

Soak in water?: It is known that soaking potatos helps to take out potassium. Theoretically may be possible from other vegetables but there is no supporting data. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Kay Ciel (Definition)

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