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All you need to know about Hyperkalemia.

About

A condition where the amount of potassium in the blood is abnormally increased.

An episode of Hyperkalemia in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) increases the odds of mortality within one day of the event. [1]

- Preventable by discontinuing medications that increase blood potassium levels.
- Treatable by medical professionals.
- Requires a medical diagnosis.
- Imaging or lab tests may be required.
- Medium term: can be resolved within months.

Hyperkalemia is caused by taking excessive amounts of potassium by medications and by kidney failure diseases. Hyperkalemia rarely produces any symptoms, but severe Hyperkalemia can lead to potentially fatal heart problems.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Hyperkalemia usually depend on the level of mineral in your blood. You may not experience any symptom at all. But in case your potassium levels are high enough to cause symptoms, you may experience:

- Tiredness or weakness
- Abdominal gas and bloating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe pain in the chest
- Trouble in breathing

Treatment

Self-care:

Maintain a diet that contains low levels of potassium and discontinue medications that increase blood potassium levels.

Medications:

If you have dangerously high potassium level, you will get emergency care including intravenous (IV) medications.

Specialists:

Because the indications of high potassium may not appear during the early stages, you should get regular blood tests if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
At mfine, you will receive a comprehensive treatment plan for your optimum health and speedy recovery.

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