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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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

Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

Slow heart rate is a symptom in which a person's heart rate (the number of heart contractions per minute) is less than normal for the average person of the same size, doing the same activities. For adults, slow heart rate usually means a rate below 50-60 beats per ...Read more