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When Potassium Is Too High
HIgh potassium level: The effect of the potassium (K) level in the blood depends on how well the body is used to it. Dialysis patients tolerate higher K levels than do non-dialysis patients, as their bodies are used to a higher level. Common symptoms of high K are weakness of the muscles, slowing of the heart rate and possibly death due to cardiac arrest, if the K is high enough without treatment. ...Read more
Drugs, diet, kidneys: Some blood pressure medications can cause elevation of the potassium level (ace inhibitors), problems with kidney function, certain hormonal problems, or if the blood cells rupture in the tube after the blood is drawn. When potassium is too high it can cause problems with heart rhythm and other complications. Ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low K diet: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with ckd are at risk for developing higher levels of potassium because the damaged kidney can not excrete as much potassium as a normal kidney. Should try to avoid high potassium foods like bananas, tomatoes or orange juice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reducing potassium: First, eliminate high potassium foods from diet, tomato, potato, citrus, peaches, melons, pomegranate are a few. An oral purgative is available, a resin. Diuretic therapy also eliminates potassium. And make sure no meds are being taken that contain potassium or that might elevate potassium, such as ACE INHIBITORS, BETA BLOCKERS, ANGIOTENSIN BLOCKERS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood test: High and low blood levels of potassium may actually have similar symptoms e.g. Muscle fatigue or cramps. There is no substitute for blood test. Taking excessive amounts of otc potassium pills for cramps is dangerous since if you have high levels of blood potassium it may be compounded causing heart muscle problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My potassium is typically 3.5-4.0 range, last test 5.0. Possible/normal to fluctuate from low to high ends?
Yes.: Depend on intake and out take of K in the body ...Read more
Need more info: Potassium level depends on how much potassium you eat or drink since we do not generate potassium. It also leaves the body in the urine and stool. If your kidney function is normal, you should not have to check potassium levels. It will correct eventually. If you have kidney disease or severe constipation and cannot control yourself from eating high potassium foods, i would check more often. ...Read more
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