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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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Can bradycardia cause syncope?

Can bradycardia cause syncope?

Yes: Syncope is loss of consciousness due to transitory decline in blood flow to brain. This can be caused by irregular heart rate or rhythm or by alteration of blood volume or distribution. ...Read more

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What would be the most commen cause of bradycardia?

What would be the most commen cause of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: This depends upon the age of the patient -child vs adult, and health status of the patient. Generally speaking, the most common causes of bradycardia are issues with the conducting system in the heart caused by heart disease and aging, medications causing bradycardia, and certain medical conditions distinct from heart disease can produce this as well. ...Read more

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Please describe the most commen cause of bradycardia?

Please describe the most commen cause of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Elderly patients on blood pressure medications. In young people, healthy athletes have slow heart rate. ...Read more

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What causes hyponatremia and hyperkalemia?

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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Is it at all possible that low ferritin (I'm at a 6) could cause bradycardia?

Is it at all possible that low ferritin  (I'm at a 6) could cause bradycardia?

No: Look for another cause. Especially if you are physically fit and feel well, bradycardia may be a non-problem. ...Read more

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I generally have normal bradycardia (pulse between 55 and 60) however weekly experience morning pulse rush between 90 and 110 which causes anxiey - ?

I generally have normal bradycardia (pulse between 55 and 60) however weekly experience morning pulse rush between 90 and 110 which causes anxiey - ?

Probably normal: The normal heart rate ranges from 60 to 100. The heart rate is very sensitive to changes in mood, level of wakefulness, levels of adrenaline or acetylcholine (anti-adrenaline) in the body among so many other factors. If you have no symptoms with a heart rate of 110 than no worries. Symptoms to look for: shortness of breath, chest pain or dizziness ...Read more

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What causes of sinus bradycardia?

What  causes of sinus bradycardia?

Normal or abnormal: Could be normal if physically fit as in athletes due to high parasympathetic tone. Abnormal sinus bradycardia could be due to degeneration of the cells in the sinus node, certain medications such as beta blockers , Diltiazem or verapamil and sinus node ischemia( insufficient blood flow). ...Read more

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What is the reason for sleeping bradycardia and causes?

What is the reason for sleeping bradycardia and causes?

Many: Things such as hypothyroid or conduction system disease or excellent cardiovascular fitness. If symptomatic please get evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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What are causes of bradycardia?

What are causes of bradycardia?

It depends: Bradycardia indicates that the heart rate is too slow (< 60 BPM in adults). It may be associated with a normal electrical impulse (such as sinus bradycardia in a well-trained athlete or during sleep) or an arrhythmia (abnormal electrical impulse). Some of the more common abnormal rhythms associated with bradycardia include atrioventricular block, sick sinus syndrome, and junctional rhythm. ...Read more

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Do any medications cause bradycardia?

Do any medications cause bradycardia?

Yes: A number of medications can cause bradycardia including beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, antiarrhythmic medication, and digoxin. ...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

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What is the most common cause of bradycardia?

What is the most common cause of bradycardia?

Medication: A slow heart rate can be normal in fit individuals at rest. Many medications, notably beta blockers, slow the heart rate. A slow heart rate can also be due to disease of the av node, which conducts impulses from the atria to the ventricles. This can be due to scarring from heart attack or aging, and is seen in some infections such as lyme disease and chagas disease. ...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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I go from tachy (up to 185 bpm) to bradycardia as low as 36bpm. Whatcan cause thesefuctuatios? Havebeen working out. Thnk you for your time :)

I go from tachy (up to 185 bpm) to bradycardia as low as 36bpm. Whatcan cause thesefuctuatios? Havebeen working out. Thnk you for your time :)

See doctor: This is not normal. See a doctor as soon as possible. I would avoid working out until you get this condition evaluated and diagnosed. ...Read more

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Can valsartan cause bradycardia?

Can valsartan cause bradycardia?

Probably not: Valsartan, also called Diovan (valsartan) is an "arb" (angiotensin ii receptor antagonist) typically used for the management of hypertension and congestive heart failure. The most common side effects are dizziness and lightheadedness, but not bradycardia. Another cause of bradycardia is more likely. ...Read more

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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