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How will I know if my potassium levels are too low or high?

How will I know if my potassium levels are too low or high?

Blood test: High and low blood levels of potassium may actually have similar symptoms e.g. Muscle fatigue or cramps. There is no substitute for blood test. Taking excessive amounts of otc potassium pills for cramps is dangerous since if you have high levels of blood potassium it may be compounded causing heart muscle problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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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 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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Does high calcium levels cause low potassium?

Does high calcium levels cause low potassium?

No: Low magnesium can cause low calcium + low potassium. Diuretics can cause high calcium and low potassium. Are you on any meds? ...Read more

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I recently have been experiencing strange health issues, had 2 blood potassium levels that were high. Now 5.0 but low sodium 133. Been felling unwell ?

I recently have been experiencing strange health issues, had 2 blood potassium levels that were high. Now 5.0 but low sodium 133. Been felling unwell
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HIgh potassium level: You lab results are a bit abnormal. It would be helpful is you could get the results of the bun, creatinine and carbon dioxide levels, as well. Ask the doctor who ordered the blood tests for you for his explanation of your lab work. He is the best position to answer your questions. ...Read more

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If someone had high or low potassium blood levels wouldn't an EKG show something abnormal?

Sometimes: As potassium goes up, often the t-waves will go up in what is usually described as "peaked." a potential negative amplitude u-wave may show itself with low potassium. ...Read more

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What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

Long list of answers: High k (potassium) can be from lab error, released from red cells or from taking in more than the kidneys can remove. Typically from kidney trouble. Some medications make this more possible. Low k is found in patients who are volume depleted, drugs such as Lasix (furosemide) can make this happen. Some kidney diseases lead to k loss. These problems need expert attention. K problems are serious. ...Read more

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Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

See below: Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up. ...Read more

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My mother has a high potassium level and was told to not eat bananas, yams. What foods are low in potassium?

NKF: Please check out this website for detailed info on potassium http://www.Kidney.Org/atoz/content/potassium.Cfm you will find good resources in national kidney foundation website. ...Read more

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