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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

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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How can I quickly increase my potassium level? Levels were at 2.9 yesterday with no symptoms. Tonight I my heart has an extra beat.

Low potassium: Low potassium can be a life threatening issue! If you are feeling chest pain or extra beats, it may be worth going to the ER or contacting your family doctor. Otherwise, potassium can be elevated through diet and potassium supplements. However its very important to find out why the level is low. Medicines can do it (diuretics) as can other illnesses (vomiting, diarrhea). So get it checked! ...Read more

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S Potassium is 5.54 mmol/l. Doc prescribed Losartan Potassium for HTN & CKD. Will it further increase S. Potassium level? Isn't Telmisartan better?

Class effect: Both Losartan and Telmisartan could increase potassium. Perhaps there was a reason the potassium was elevated (if blood sits too long before running the sample for example) so maybe the doctor to that into consideration. I would confirm with your doctor though as he/she may want to repeat the test. ...Read more

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Does Losartan + Hydrochlorothiazide combination increase S. Potassium level? What might be it's alternative for a DM, HTN, CKD & Psoriasis patient?

Does Losartan + Hydrochlorothiazide combination increase S. Potassium level? What might be it's alternative for a DM, HTN, CKD & Psoriasis patient?

Depends on Ckd: Losartan may rise potassium and HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) may lower it. Because of opposing effects potassium may stay stable/ normal. But net effect depends on degree of CKD. Potassium may be higher in advanced CKD. ...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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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

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My potassium level is at 2.2, what is the lowest level a person can survive with?

One can survive with: A low potassium level. It is high potassium that can be immediately life threatening. That said, 2.2 is quite low and needs to get sorted out. ...Read more

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I'm told that my potassium level is low, what type of health problems can this cause?

Muscle weakness: Low potassium affect muscle contraction. You get muscle weakness that can be severe where you can't walk. In very low potassium level the heart muscle can be affected and sudden death can occur. You have to be on treatment and to find the reason for your low levels. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been told that my potassium level is low, what type of health problems can this cause?

Low potassium: Mild hypokalemia (H) is often without symptom and can occasionally provoke cardiac arrhythmias and may cause muscle weakness, myalgia, and muscle cramps and constipation. More severe H can cause paralysis. Find out why you have a low potassium level. At times, it is caused by a magnesium (M) deficiency, due to diuretics, and the H will not correct until the M level is brought to normal. ...Read more

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Potassium level is 5.4 on a range going to 5.2. Test and retest were the same. Should I be concerned? What could be wrong?

Elevated potassium: This can occur from certain birth controls (drosperinone containing) and other medication.

Elevated potassium in your case might be normal or it could be a sign of kidney issues - it has implications for your heart and muscle function - please be sure to follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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My potassium level came at 3.60. I had no known illness when doing the test. Is this sth to worry about and what further analysis shoould I do?

My potassium level came at 3.60. I had no known illness when doing the test. Is this sth to worry about and what further analysis shoould I do?

Normal values: In my lab a potassium above 3.5 is normal. Check with your doctor what number is acceptable in your lab, likely similar. All the best. ...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 a blood potassium level of 3.6 too low?

Consider diet change: The normal range for blood potassium levels are 3.6 - 5.2 millimoles or meq per liter. A value of 3.6 is on the lower side of the scale, indicating lower potassium levels. I would advise potassium supplementation, eat more bananas, figs, and even green vegetables. Schedule new laboratories in 5-6weeks to monitor levels then proceed according to results. ...Read more

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Why do infants have a higher potassium level?

SEVERAL REASONS: This is common in right after birth in extremely premature infants, this may be due to ranal insufficency or decreased production of urine, and other kidney diseases may cause it as well
if the infant is on IV fluids that can cause it too, and rarely addison disease in infants can cause high pottasium level. ...Read more

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My blood potassium level was 3.4. Is this dangerous?

My blood potassium level was 3.4. Is this dangerous?

Not usually: Low needs to be supplemented can aggravate effects of some medications. If on diuretic potassium supplementation indicated. Otherwise dietary supplementation ie bananas helpful. ...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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My potassium level was 3.1 on friday night. I was given 2 horse pills to up my potassium level to 3.5. Will that work?

My potassium level was 3.1 on friday night. I was given 2 horse pills to up my potassium level to 3.5. Will that work?

Low potassium level: If your potassium (K) was 3.1, you need to ask your physician (P), why it low. If you had some K supplement (horse pills?). It may have helped raise your K level. Then again, it may not have. If you are not taking any diuretics, have your P check your magnesium (M) level. Low M levels will cause low K levels which will not correct until your M is normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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