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Doctor insights on: What Happens When Your Potassium Level Is Too High

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Can you elevate your potassium level by eating foods high in potassium?

Can you elevate your potassium level by eating foods high in potassium?

Yes: Eating foods high in potassium will effect the body by increasing the potassium in the blood. ...Read more

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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Can i raise potassium level too high by eating tomatos?

Can i raise potassium level too high by eating tomatos?

High potassium level: Your ability to raise your potassium (k) level depends on your kidney function. At 78, you probably have some degree of chronic kidney disease (ckd). The excretion of k by the kidney is diminished in those patients. Depending on your stage of ckd, you may run into elevation of your k if you ingest foods rich in it, such as potatoes, tomatoes, or citrus products. Ask you physician about your case. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Bloodtest said my potassium level was high what can the side effects fromthis be?

Bloodtest said my potassium level was high what can the side effects fromthis be?

May be error: Elevated potassium can be cause by any number of things. A common cause of a blood sample that wasn't prepared correctly. If the blood sample was hemolyzed, potassium levels can rise. Certain medicines can cause elevated potassium. Side effects are minimal. High levels of potassium can cause heart rhythm problems. Make sure you follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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I have CKD and my potassium level is high - 5.8. How would fasting affect my condition?

I have CKD and my potassium level is high - 5.8.  How would fasting affect my condition?

It will not affect: As long as you are drinking fluids,fasting will not affect your Pottasium level.You do have mild Hyperkalemia and needs to be followed by a Nephrologist ...Read more

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Please tell me what can high potassium level in blood cause?

Please tell me what can high potassium level in blood cause?

Hyperkalemia effects: High blood potassium levels, hyperkalemia, (h) can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. Moderate h can produce ekg changes (ekg is an electrical reading of the heart muscles). Severe h can cause suppression of electrical activity of the heart and can cause the heart to stop beating. H can also cause muscle weakness or paralysis in severe cases. If you have h, see a nephrologist for a diagnosis and cure. ...Read more

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What does a high potassium level mean? What about a low potassium level?

Long list of answers: High k (potassium) can be from lab error, released from red cells or from taking in more than the kidneys can remove. Typically from kidney trouble. Some medications make this more possible. Low k is found in patients who are volume depleted, drugs such as Lasix (furosemide) can make this happen. Some kidney diseases lead to k loss. These problems need expert attention. K problems are serious. ...Read more

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How does hyperventilation help lower k+ in a patient with high potassium level?

How does hyperventilation help lower k+ in a patient with high potassium level?

Alkalosis, shift: Hyperventilation causes low carbondioxide levels causing resp alkalosis.Alkalosis drives the potassium from extracellular fluid to intracellular compartment which results in low potassium in the blood. ...Read more

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Spells where i sudden get tired, weak, sound is muffled, and i feel like i'm passing out. My potassium level is high (5, 4). What could be going on?

Monitor: It would be informative if we knew what your heart rate and rhythm and your blood pressure were at the time of these episodes. Can you check your BP and pulse at the time? Wearing a holter monitor or a loop recorder gives info on what the heart is doing at the time of the episode. The potassium is slightly elevated but shouldn't cause those symptoms. Taking any meds causing potassium retention? ...Read more

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What is the problem with having high potassium level in blood test report?

Heart arrhythmias: The most concerning side effect of having too high potassium in your blood is the possibility of developing heart rhythm disturbances, some of which can be life-threatening. A slightly elevated potassium level will not cause this, but you want to make sure that it is not trending upward into a dangerous zone. ...Read more

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Is it safe to play shuttle for 2 hours if one has high potassium level(5.8)?

Is it safe to play shuttle for 2 hours if one has high potassium level(5.8)?

It is critical: Normal potassium is 3.8-5.0; ant level above 5.5 should be treated critical and be treated as soon as possible like stat. Please call doctor or to go to er. ...Read more

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What does a high potassium level reading in the blood mean or possibly indicate? My woman's dr. Called her and asked her to come in to have another blood sample taken. She called me because she's nervous. I told her that i'd try to find out what it mean

What does a high potassium level reading in the blood mean or possibly indicate? My woman's dr. Called her and asked her to come in to have another blood sample taken.  She called me because she's nervous.  I told her that i'd try to find out what it mean

Depends: Potassium level should be fine with normal functioning kidneys. High potassium may be an indication that there is something wrong with the kidney function. Either that or she is eating too much potassium containing foods or drinks. It really depends on how high the potassium was and whether her other chemistries are ok. ...Read more

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I recently had a physical and my WBC were low 2.98 and potassium level was high. I was told to get another blood test. Should I be concerned? Thanks

I recently had a physical and my WBC were low 2.98 and potassium level was high.  I was told to get another blood test. Should I be concerned? Thanks

Sure...: ...at least to follow your doctor's advice and get the recommended next blood test. Then, let's see what's found before you worry prematurely. ...Read more

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Eating high intake of potassium rich diet ( 7 banana/ day) and other fruits, yet my potassium level is 3.3, is issue with kidney. Anything needed done?

Eating high intake of potassium rich diet ( 7 banana/ day) and other fruits, yet my potassium level is 3.3, is issue with kidney. Anything needed done?

Low potassium: Benicar/hct has a diuretic that causes potassium (k) magnesium (m) losses in your urine. Ask your physician (p) to check your serum m level. If low, it needs to be repleted as k can't be elevated until the m is within normal limits. If your m is normal, ask your p to check your blood and serum k. If your urine is high in k with a low blood k level, you may have a kidney issue, see a nephrologist. ...Read more

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My mother has a high potassium level and was told to not eat bananas, yams. What foods are low in potassium?

My mother has a high potassium level and was told to not eat bananas, yams. What foods are low in potassium?

NKF: Please check out this website for detailed info on potassium

http://www.Kidney.Org/atoz/content/potassium.Cfm

you will find good resources in national kidney foundation website. ...Read more

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Potassium level is high from blood test for my 80year father who has parkinson, what can we do to lower potassium?

Potassium level is high from blood test for my 80year father who has parkinson, what can we do to lower potassium?

HIgh potassium level: You need to have your father's kidney function evaluated by having a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and protein done as well as having a renal ultrasound done to see the size and morphology of his kidneys. At 80 years, his renal function would not be normal. It could be worse if had diabetes and hypertension. His high potassium level could be a sign of renal disease. Go to a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Potassium level was 6.6, in hospital and went down to 5.0, now elevated a little again, do kidneys recover from this & any foods good that can help?

Potassium level was 6.6, in hospital and went down to 5.0, now elevated a little again, do kidneys recover from this & any foods good that can help?

Other way around: Potassium (K+) levels vary from hour to hour based on intake via food and supplements. Its the kidneys job to eliminate excess and prevent loss when K+ is low. K+ range outside of approx 2 to 8 is not compatable with life and the 1st effect will be to stop your heart. A dammaged kidney may not effectively regulate K+ but isn't injured by K+. To reduce K+ reduce foods high in potassium. ...Read more

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What should happen if a patient's potassium level is <9.0?

HIgh potassium level: A high level of potassium (k) is not as important as how quickly it got to that high level. Patients with chronic kidney disease can have a k of 6.1 with no symptoms as their hearts are used to a high level of it. A person who is involved in accident and has fast excessive liberation of k, from muscle, can have a cardiac arrest due to an acutely high level of k because his heart is not used to it. ...Read more

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Is having a potassium level of 2.5 dangerous?

Not immediatelu: A potassium level of 2.5 is not ideal, but it's not immediately dangerous. A low potassium level isn't serious until it is less than about 2.0. That said, you need to find out why your potassium level is low, and you need to get it into the normal range. ...Read more

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What potassium level is considered to be normal?

3.5 to 5.0: Most labs will define normal as above. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to lower my potassium level?

Can you suggest how to lower my 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. ...Read more

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Is there a way to quickly lower my potassium level?

Is there a way to quickly lower my 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. ...Read more

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What are the causes of your potassium level to drop?

What are the causes of your potassium level to drop?

Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated , so any potassium disorder implies decrease in potassium intake, physiological shifts within the body or increased losses via stool or urine. ...Read more

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Which potassium level is considered to be the riskiest?

Which potassium level is considered to be the riskiest?

Risky potassium : If one has chronic kidney disease, a potassium (k) level of 5.5 may not be a problem. It is not the level of k that is important, it is how quickly it gets to it that is. If a person with normal kidney function has an accident, with a lot of muscle destruction liberating k from muscle, a rise in k from 4.1 to 5.5 in an hour can possibly lead to death. Ask your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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Do you think having a potassium level of 5.4 is dangerous?

Potassium 5.4: Potassium 5.4 is not dangerous. However, that value leaves little margin for diet potassium, so you must restrict potassium foods ...Read more

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How much time does it take for your potassium level to raise?

How much time does it take for your potassium level to raise?

K: can go up in seconds. Need more details. Why was it low?

I specialize in K problems and here for next 2 hours to help. ...Read more

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