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Hyperkalemia (Overview)

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 well in treating hyperkalemia.


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What is a symptom of hyperkalemia?

What is a symptom of hyperkalemia?

High Potassium: This is defined as a serum potassium level above 5.5 meq/l. The danger is in changing the resting membrane potential of the heart muscle cells, making them more easily excitable. This makes arrhythmias more likely. This is unlikely to happen unless the potassium is > 6.5 meq/l. The heart may skip beats or transition into a lethal rhythm. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Hyperkalemia (Overview)

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 well in treating hyperkalemia.


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What is the treatment to get potassium up to hyperkalemia besides bananas?

What is the treatment to get potassium up to hyperkalemia besides bananas?

Potassium rich foods: Include bananas as you said, citrus fruits including oj, potatoes, tomato sauce/paste including ketchup, and squash. Medicine will need to be given by your doctor since potassium otc is suboptimal to do the job due to the need for a higher dose and need for blood level frequent check. There are meds and water pills that your doctor can use to boost your potassium level too. ...Read more

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What exactly is hyperkalemia?

Elevated potassium: Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be severe to mild. Most common causes are kidney disease and Addison's disease (adrenal disease0. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating. It is usually treated by dialysis and fluids, with Insulin and sodium bicarbonate. ...Read more

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Is hyperkalemia dangerous?

Hyperkalemia: Hyperkalemia can be dangerous. It is not just the level that is important, it is how quickly the potassium (k) was raised. Patients with chronic kidney disease can walk around with a k of 5.5 with no problems, as their hearts are used to that k level. Auto accidents can cause acute elevations of k in normal people and they can have some problems by going from a k of 3.8 to 5.1. ...Read more

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Is hyperkalemia dangerous?

Hyperkalemia: Hyperkalemia can be dangerous. It is not just the level that is important, it is how quickly the potassium (k) was raised. Patients with chronic kidney disease can walk around with a k of 5.5 with no problems, as their hearts are used to that k level. Auto accidents can cause acute elevations of k in normal people and they can have some problems by going from a k of 3.8 to 5.1. ...Read more

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What exactly is hyperkalemia?

Elevated potassium: Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be severe to mild. Most common causes are kidney disease and Addison's disease (adrenal disease0. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating. It is usually treated by dialysis and fluids, with Insulin and sodium bicarbonate. ...Read more

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What is a symptom of hyperkalemia?

High Potassium: This is defined as a serum potassium level above 5.5 meq/l. The danger is in changing the resting membrane potential of the heart muscle cells, making them more easily excitable. This makes arrhythmias more likely. This is unlikely to happen unless the potassium is > 6.5 meq/l. The heart may skip beats or transition into a lethal rhythm. ...Read more

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What do you use to treat hyperkalemia?

What do you use to treat hyperkalemia?

See below: Treatment of hyperkalemia involves a series of interventions. The first one is usually administration of ca gluconate IV to stabilize the heart. After this, glucose and Insulin can be administered to shift potassium into cells. Sodium polystyrene sulfate is administered orally or via an enema to bind potassium and remove it from the body. Dialysis is used in the setting of kidney failure. ...Read more

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How many types of hyperkalemia are there?

How many types of hyperkalemia are there?

Types of Hyperkalemi: 1. Excessive intake. 2. Excessive release from cells. 3. Ineffective elimination by kidneys. 4.Pseudohyperkalemia during taking blood in the lab. 5. Potassium given during execution by lethal injection. ...Read more

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What can be done for hyperkalemia (cause unknown)?

Get a diagnosis: The approach is: 1. Too much in: this is rarely the cause 2. Not enough out: this can happen in patients with unsuspected kidney disease or obstruction 3. Shift: potassium may be moving out of cells due to rupture from chemotherapy, trauma (rhabdomyolysis), or lack of Insulin (solute drag from hyperglycemia) see an internist or nephrologist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hyperkalemia?

What is the definition or description of: hyperkalemia?

High potassium level: Most labs will define normal as serum potassium of 3.5 to 5. . Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. ...Read more

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Please explain why someone with hyperkalemia would be given?

Please explain why someone with hyperkalemia would be given?

See below: Treatment of hyperkalemia involves a series of interventions. The first one is usually administration of ca gluconate IV to stabilize the heart. After this, glucose and Insulin can be administered to shift potassium into cells. Sodium polystyrene sulfate is administered orally or via an enema to bind potassium and remove it from the body. Dialysis is used in the setting of kidney failure. ...Read more

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My hyperkalemia leve is 5.6. What types of food should I avoid?

My hyperkalemia leve is 5.6. What types of food should I avoid?

This website: Has a good list of potassium rich foods to limit or avoid: http://www.Momswhothink.Com/diet-and-nutrition/foods-high-in-potassium.Html if your kidney function is normal, you shouldn't have a high potassium unless you're on certain meds. For both issues, discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can glucose help hyperkalemia?

How can glucose help hyperkalemia?

It's the insulin: Insulin shifts potassium from the bloodstream into cells. In order to give this safely to a patient with hyperkalemia, glucose is also given. Otherwise, the serum glucose level may drop too low in the process of the Insulin moving potassium intracellularly. ...Read more

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Is hyperkalemia related to chemotherapy?

Is hyperkalemia related to chemotherapy?

Not necessarily: The start of chemo may cause hyperkalemia in certain cancers (leukemias, lymphoma). Certain chemo can affect the kidneys causing hyperkalemia. But chemo is not always related to hyperkalemia. ...Read more

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How does rhabdomyolysis cause hyperkalemia?

Cell Bursting: The majority of your potassium resides inside your cells. When rhadomyolosis (destruction of your muscles) occur, then these cells burst. When these cells burst, the all of the potassium is released into your bloodstream. Now you have hyperkalema. ...Read more