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Why do patients who are on chronic digoxin therapy have both hypokalemia and digoxin toxicity?
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: PRIOR ANSWER +...
Digoxin by itself doesn't lead to hypokalemia (low potassium).
Dig is used for congestive heart failure traditionally; however there are many problems with dig toxicity, especially in the elderly, and there have been many deaths related to dig toxicity expecially is associated with hypokalemia, which will be caused by diuretics. Today dig is rarely used, we have better drugs for chf.

In brief: PRIOR ANSWER +...
Digoxin by itself doesn't lead to hypokalemia (low potassium).
Dig is used for congestive heart failure traditionally; however there are many problems with dig toxicity, especially in the elderly, and there have been many deaths related to dig toxicity expecially is associated with hypokalemia, which will be caused by diuretics. Today dig is rarely used, we have better drugs for chf.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Clarence Grim
CHF causes K loss in urine due to excess aldo production. Low blood K sets the stage for deadly dig arrhythmias. So work closely with Dr. to find out cause and then you can figure best treatment
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