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Low Potassium Heart Attack
I've been having chest pains randomly for about a week and i've been to the ER twice. Ekg and X-ray showed normal. Low potassium.Is heart attack likely?
Probably not: At 34 yrs of age the odds of you having a heart attack is very small. Also cramps are not typical complaint during a heart attack. The symptoms are ususally, squeezzing chest pain, pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, sweatiness. The pain can move to neck, jaw, arms, or back. Leg cramps can be from low potassium but other causes too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have low potassium could that make me have panic attacks or anxiety problems. My doctor did a EKG and chest xray and my heart is good?
Unlikely: Panic attacks and anxiety are unlikely to be caused by low potassium, although I wish it were, since that would be easily treated with oral potassium! Unfortunately the cause of panic/anxiety is usually more complicated than that. Sometimes low levels of neurotransmitters are associated with anxiety disorders and/or underlying stress/fears/trauma may be a factor. I would discuss this with your MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on how low. : By the time your blood potassium is low the total body potassium is really depleted. Slightly low potassium on it's own should not cause any arrhythmias. In combination with certain medications heart rhythm abnormalities may occur. Very low levels of potassium can cause serious arrhythmias. You should have your pcp follow this closely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes. : By the time your blood potassium is low the total body potassium is really depleted. So it may take a while for levels to normalize. Slightly low potassium on it's own should not cause any arrhythmias. In combination with certain medications heart rhythm abnormalities may occur. ...Read more
Not usually.: Super low potassium (k) can sometimes cause arrhythmias and fluid backing up into the lungs from a poorly beating heart, but most of the time fluid building up in the lungs of a heart patient is due to too much sodium (salt) in the diet. Diuretics help the body get rid of excess sodium and can lead to low k in the process. Usually this low k causes muscle cramps before it leads to arrhythmias. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They said my heart is healthy but i have low potassium levels every time i get bloodwork done at the ER should i be worried about the low potassium ?
Yes!: You deserve a workup. Anything from Conn's aldosteronoma to a potassium-wasting renal tubulopathy. I'm going to assume you're not eating huge amounts of licorice and that your potassium is consistently clearly below reference range. A nephrology consult is probably in order. Best wishes. ...Read more
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