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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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Getting irregular heartbeats on home BP monitor. Recent physical showed no issues. Is the potassium in Losartan 25mg causing this. Low heart rate 55. ?

Getting irregular heartbeats on home BP monitor. Recent physical showed no issues. Is the potassium in Losartan 25mg causing this. Low heart rate 55. ?

The accuracy of home: monitors to assess rhythm is poor at best in particular at slow heart rates. The potassium in Losartan is less than what you get in a glass of OJ. Irregular heart beats can only truly be assessed with electrocardiography not pressure pulsemetry. I would suggest you ignore the monitor and continue your losartan as prescribed. Alert your health care provider if you have rapid heart beats. ...Read more

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Rapid heart rate during period. Low hemoglobin, low MCH and high rdw. Borderline normal mcv. Also had mildly low 3.3 potassium 7 weeks ago. I see dr tues, what type of anemia and safest way to treat?

Rapid heart rate during period. Low hemoglobin, low MCH and high rdw. Borderline normal mcv. Also had mildly low 3.3 potassium 7 weeks ago. I see dr tues, what type of anemia and safest way to treat?

You probably : Have iron deficiency anemia. Common causes are blood loss, lack iron on diet, pregnancy, inability to absorb iron due for example celiac disease. In your case blood loss due to possibly heavy period. I imaging endoscopy study negative. Treatment iron supplement. Iron studies also indicated if in doubt. All above can give you tachycardia and fatigue. But thyroid test indicated. ...Read more

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Could you have Vipoma w/ out diarrhea? I have had low pottasium, numbness, weakness, hot flashes, high vip test, temp paralysis, low heart rate, dehyd

Could you have Vipoma w/ out diarrhea? I have had low pottasium, numbness, weakness, hot flashes, high vip test, temp paralysis, low heart rate, dehyd

It comes and goes: VIP levels and diarrhea fluctuate. This is an uncommon condition best managed with a team approach. Adrenal insufficiency and other conditions that cause diarrhea have by now been excluded I would assume. You should have a good talk with your gastroenterologist about what to expect. ...Read more

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How can potassium chloride decrease heart rate?

How can potassium chloride decrease heart rate?

Potassium: Potassium is a crucial electrolyte for cardiac depolarization. Most of the potassium is intracellular. If the extracellular potassium increases it can slow the depolarization rate, severe hyperkalemia can kill reliably. ...Read more

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My heart rate is 145bpm. I am 38yr old woman. I take high blood pressure medicine daily and potassium. Should I be concerned?

My heart rate is 145bpm. I am 38yr old woman.  I take high blood pressure medicine daily and potassium. Should I be concerned?

If this is your: resting pulse rate - it is high. Is this a one time pulse or do you regularly run this high at rest? If yes, please let your physician know. ...Read more

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Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

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 ...Read more