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Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Overview)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below 3.5 are called hypokalemia.


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How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?

Muscle cramps: You need proteins to build and maintain muscle, but you need to right balance of fluids and electrolytes to have good muscle function. When your potassium is low, you are more likely to experience muscle cramps and fatigue. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Overview)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below 3.5 are called hypokalemia.


Dr. Warren Foster Dr. Foster
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Hypokalemia (Tip)

Ask your doctor if your medications can raise or lower your potassium levels. ...See more

Dr. George Mathew Dr. Mathew
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Hypokalemia (Tip)

Treat the cause such as diarrhoea and change or stop offending medication. May need supplemention either orally or by I.V. ...See more

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If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?

If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?

It's what matters: The serum potassium is in equilibrium with the tissue concentrations, which must be maintained within a very narrow range for the heat to be able to maintain its beat. Your question is a good one and reflects a common misunderstanding. It's not the total body potassium that matters, just the amount that's actually affecting the electrical system outside the heart & brain cells. ...Read more

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What are the endocrinal test to be done to know the cause of my hypokalemia?

See below: Plasma renin activity and serum aldosteone levels. Sometimes urine aldosterone levels or cortisol levels. ...Read more

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Hypokalemia (Tip)

Eats lots of bananas (they provide 1 meq/inch of potassium), tomatoes and potatoes. ...See more

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Can a bad kidney that now causes pain cause hypokalemia?

Can a bad kidney that now causes pain cause hypokalemia?

Not common: Both condition can co exist sometimes but not always and not common. ...Read more

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Hypokalemia (Tip)

Ask what medications you are taking that can cause it. Most commonly, it will be diuretics. ...See more

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What may be the cause of hypokalemia disease and how is it treated?

What may be the cause of hypokalemia disease and how is it treated?

Low potassium: Hypokalemia is a low blood potassium level. It can be from many reasons. Usually one sees this with vomiting and diarrhea from gastroenteritis. It is also a common side effect of medications such as diuretics (lasix (furosemide) or Furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide). It can usually be replaced by oral intake of pills or liquid potassium. Sometimes intravenous potassium is needed. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do patients who are on chronic digoxin therapy have both hypokalemia and digoxin toxicity?

Why do patients who are on chronic digoxin therapy have both hypokalemia and digoxin toxicity?

PRIOR ANSWER +...: Digoxin by itself doesn't lead to hypokalemia (low potassium). Dig is used for congestive heart failure traditionally; however there are many problems with dig toxicity, especially in the elderly, and there have been many deaths related to dig toxicity expecially is associated with hypokalemia, which will be caused by diuretics. Today dig is rarely used, we have better drugs for chf. ...Read more

Dr. Jill Edison Dr. Edison
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Hypokalemia (Tip)

If you are not taking diuretics, potassium may be lost in the stool (diarrhea). ...See more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Hypokalemia (Tip)

Ingestion of bananas, Gatorade or Powerade, or pickle juice will help replace lost potassium. ...See more

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Is hypokalemia cureable even if it is genetic?

Is hypokalemia cureable even if it is genetic?

Cure hypokalemis: Yes it is possible. Some causes of inherited Hypokalemia that can be cured by kidney transplant include Liddle's syndrome and apparent mineralocorticoid from unrelated donor who does not have either of these genetic problems. But this is usually only done when kidneys have failed from the problem. But need more details. ...Read more

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What risks do mild hypocalcemia 2.11 (ref 2.2 -2.7) & hypokalemia 2.9 (ref 3.5 - 5.0) present to pt undergoing general anesthesia.

What risks do mild hypocalcemia 2.11 (ref 2.2 -2.7) & hypokalemia 2.9 (ref 3.5 - 5.0) present to pt undergoing general anesthesia.

CORRECT POTASSIUM.: 1) why is potassium low? That is an unlikely problem without some specific cause.
You need to discuss with your doctor about it before surgery to get whatever cause is treated.
And. You need to have this information in order to tell the surgeon and other health professional you will see. Cause
2) potassium level: should be corrected before surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster Dr. Foster
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Hypokalemia (Tip)

Low potassium can leave you feeling weaker. Eat some bananas. ...See more

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Could I be able to have children even if I suffer from hypokalemia?

Depends: Depends on the reason for your hypokalemia.
If it is an isolated incident of hypokalemia, it should not prevent you from having children.
If it some genetic syndrome, check with your geneticist. ...Read more

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Is hypokalemia cureable?

Low K: Almost always yes. Find cause and correct it. I can give more details if you ask or second opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Moji Ariyo Dr. Ariyo
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Hypokalemia (Tip)

Eat potassium rich foods like bananas, plantains, kiwi fruit, avocado, dried apricots/ figs/peaches. ...See more

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What are hypokalemia symptoms?

What are hypokalemia symptoms?

SX of low K: Based on following thousands with low K I can list
1. Fatigue
2. Muscle cramps
3. Brain fog
4. Getting up at night to pee more than once.
5. Paralysis
6. Irregular heart beats
7 Glucose intolerance aka diabetes but this is a sign.
8. If caused by excess aldo: high blood pressure but not a symptom it is a sign.
9. If 8 then headaches.
10. Heart failure.
11. Drop dead.
Find cause and correct it. ...Read more

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Hypokalemia (Tip)

If you are having leg cramps or weakness, check potassium (see md). ...See more

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Is the recurring hypokalemia dangerous?

Low K dangerous: Yes it will kill u. Find why it is k low and correct the cause. I am an expert in causes and can help your teAm get it figured out. ...Read more

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When will I feel better from hypokalemia?

When will I feel better from hypokalemia?

When it's corrected: If you still feel ill and the cause of your hypokalemia has been corrected and your potassium is back to normal, look for some other cause of your still feeling ill. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Woods Dr. Woods
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Hypokalemia (Tip)

First, do lab chem panel, not treat mild cases, supplements for mild- moderate cases, IV if severe. ...See more