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What are some of the symptoms of high potassium levels?

What are some of the symptoms of high potassium levels?

None or death: There are no symptoms from high potassium and, if you have normal kidney function, you can't get a high potassium unless you purposefully overdose on medication. When potassium becomes approximately twice the normal concentration, the heart stops. No warning. Just stops. (potassium is used in executions).

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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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What are the symptoms of high potassium?

Hyperkalemia.: Early signs are fairly non-specific and can include nausea, malaise, fatigue, muscle weakness and heart palpitations. But these symptoms can be seen in other disorders too, so they are not unique to hyperkalemia. Unfortunately, if the potassium level becomes too high, life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias may develop. Hope this answers your question.

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Went to lunch with my family. Noticed things that were worrisome. What are the symptoms of high potassium and who can get it?

Arrythmia: Some symptoms include nothing, fatigue and muscle weakness. However the most important sympotm may be chest pain or palpitations as hyperkalemia can cause heart issues. People with chronic kidney disease and who are diabetic tend to develop hyperkalemia. Also individuals taking cerain medications like ace inhibitors, arbs and Aldactone (spironolactone) can develop hyperkalemia.

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High potassium symptoms?

High potassium symptoms?

Depends on how high: When it gets high enough your heart stops. But more commonly high potassium can give you palpitations or sometimes no symptoms at all. Regardless of whether you have symptoms, the cause should be investigated and treated promptly.

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it: potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream.

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What are some of the dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

What are some of the dangers of high potassium levels in the body?

Death: If your kidney function is normal, you can't get a high potassium from diet, only from a purposeful od with medication. High potassium causes no symptoms, just death. It stops the heart. It's used in executions.

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Please suggest what foods are safe to eat when trying to avoid high potassium levels?

Please suggest what foods are safe to eat when trying to avoid high potassium levels?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist. Please see this website for info on low potassium diet. http://www. Kidney. Org/atoz/content/potassium. Cfm.

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Is internal shaking sign of high potassium?

Is internal shaking sign of high potassium?

Complex: I don't know if you mean tremor, anxiety, or arrhythmia. High potassium can cause heart conduction abnormalities but this is generally only when the potassium is over 6.5 meq/l. If your potassium is this high, you should see your doctor immediately to be evaluated.

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Would dialysis be needed for high potassium levels?

Would dialysis be needed for high potassium levels?

Yes: If the kidneys are not working and you are not making urine, and the potassium is very high dialysis would be needed to remove potassium.

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What does high potassium levels in the blood indicate?

High potassium: Many conditions can cause high potassium levels in the blood. Among these are: disorders of the adrenal glands, hemolysis of red blood cells, breakdown of muscles following trauma. Other causes are chronic kidney disease, diabetic ketoacidosis, or acidosis of any type, use of ace-inhibitors, or angiotensin blockers and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

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Please suggest what foods help to lower high potassium level?

Please suggest what foods help to lower high potassium level?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist. Please see this website for info on low potassium diet. http://www. Kidney. Org/atoz/content/potassium. Cfm.

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What problems could high potassium levels in the blood cause?

What problems could high potassium levels in the blood cause?

Cardiac problems: The most feared and morbid complication is a cardiac arrhythmia which could be fatal. This is usually caused by an acute rise in potassium level. The body may adapt to a slow chronic rise and therefore a treatment plan should be dictated by your doctor who would follow the level closely.

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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement, which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist.

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Can high hba1c cause high potassium levels?

Indirectly: If you mean hga1c, that is a test for diabetes. Diabetes is the number 1 cause of renal failure in the United States. Since potassium only leaves the body through the urine and stool, if your kidney function worsens with poorly controlled diabetes resulting in high hga1c, your kidneys may not be able to control the potassium level resulting in high potassium.

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Does playing shuttle for 2 hrs cause high potassium levels when one is diabetic?

Does playing shuttle for 2 hrs cause high potassium levels when one is diabetic?

It shouldn't: A diabetic person should be able to do sports for a couple of hours without causing her potassium level to go outside of the normal range. If worried, one can be checked out by a primary care doctor. One can actually get a lab test done before and after exercise, to see if there is any abnormal difference, if worried about causing high potassium levels.

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I took aldactone (spironolactone) and it caused me to have high potassium levels? Why? Is that bad? I wanted to take it for my hirsituism : (

I took aldactone (spironolactone) and it caused me to have high potassium levels? Why? Is that bad? I wanted to take it for my hirsituism : (

Side effect: That is a known side effect but most people with normal kidney function should not developed increased potassium. Best to get a full blood work and take low potassium diet and have your labs checked on a regular basis. Discuss all options with your MD.

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