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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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Hyperkalemia leads to bradycardia or tachycardia?

Hyperkalemia leads to bradycardia or tachycardia?

Electrolytes: Hyperkalemia can caus several ECG abnormalities. First one may see "peaked t waves". Ventricular ectopic beats (pvc's) as well as tachycardia may develop. If untreated the rate can slow and a "sine wave pattern" which is a wide slow wave form that is a pre-terminal rhythm. Hyper kalmia is a medical emergency that needs to be treated rapidly. ...Read more

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Is hyperkalemia dangerous?

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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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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Is bradycardia dangerous?

Is bradycardia dangerous?

Possibly: Severe bradycardia can be dangerous, especially with heart rates approaching 30 or less. Symptoms can develop with heart rates below 50. Cause of bradycardia and rhythm should be determined. ...Read more

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Why does bradycardia happen?

Why does bradycardia happen?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia, in adults (not in children) is defined as heart rate slower than 60 beats per minutes. It can be perfectly normal in people who are athletic. For example, marathon runners can have resting heart rate in 40s or even lower. It is, generally, pathological, if it leads to symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting. If it causes extreme symptoms, a pacemaker is needed. ...Read more

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What is symptomatic bradycardia?

Bradycardia: When the heart rate is slow enough to cause lightheadedness, weakness, fatigue, and perhaps shortness of breath, the bradycardia is symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of bradycardia?

What is the meaning of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia is slow heart rate.....less than 60 beats a minute is bradycardia ...Read more

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What is the meaning of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia is slow heart rate.....less than 60 beats a minute is bradycardia ...Read more

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Can I die from bradycardia if I ignore it?

Can I die from bradycardia if I ignore it?

Anything is possible: But it's not likely. Bradycardia is defined as a heart rate <60. Heart rates of >50 are well tolerated by everyone. Heart rates of 40-50 during wakefulness sometimes cause fatigue. Sustained heart rates of <40 usually cause unacceptable fatigue and breathlessness. Pauses of > 3-5 seconds may cause dizziness. Pauses of > 5 seconds often cause blackouts. Pauses of > 2 minutes may cause death. ...Read more

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What causes Hyperkalemia in Addison's disease?

What causes Hyperkalemia in Addison's disease?

Distal tubule: In the absence of aldosterone and its like from the adrenal cortex, the proximal tubule has some mechanisms that ordinarily waste sodium and hang onto potassium. This will get you started. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have bradycardia?

Could it be something bad if I have bradycardia?

Maybe: How low is the heart rate and do you have any symptoms at this level: fatigue, dizzy, confused...Some elite athletes can have very low heart rate but for the general population, depending on the factors above, it could also indicate a heart conduction problem (or medication side effects). See your primary care physician who knows you best to see if this is something to be concerned about. ...Read more

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Why the athletics have bradycardia?

Why the athletics have bradycardia?

When conditioned: the heart may pump more efficiently and thus may not need to beat as often. ...Read more

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What causes hyponatremia and hyperkalemia?

Hyponatremia: The answers to your questions cannot fit in allotted space. For the causes of hyponatremia go to this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/hyponatremia/basics/causes/con-20031445 for the causes of hyperkalemia go to this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/symptoms/hyperkalemia/basics/causes/sym-20050776 good luck. ...Read more

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How can you explain bradycardia to a patient?

How can you explain bradycardia to a patient?

Varies: Heart rate less than 60 beats per minute is a simplified definition of bradycardia. For youngsters in good shape normal heart rate can be in the 40s and 50s (sometimes even in the 30s for highly competitive athletes such as boris becker). On the other hand heart rate in the 60 to 70 range may be slow in certain older, overweight or out-of-shape individuals. ...Read more

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How can I exercise with bradycardia and hyperlipidemia?

How can I exercise with bradycardia and hyperlipidemia?

Bradycardia-: Resting bradycardia in itself is not necessarily a problem with exercise. As long as there is no underlying cardiac elecrtical conduction problem, the heart rate should increase appropriately with exercise; if it does not, then something else is going on. People with hyperlipidemia should always exercise, if there is no contraindication, as routine exercise improves cholesterol levels. ...Read more

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Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

Slow heart rate, also called bradycardia, is defined as a resting heart rate (pulse) less than 60 beats per minute. Having a heart rate less than 60 is not necessarily abnormal. In fact, people in good cardiovascular shape have a low heart rate. People with certain heart conditions may take medications which lower the heart rate as one of ...Read more