HYPOKALEMIA

ANOTHER OF THE PRINCIPALS WHEN I PRESENTED AT ICU IN SEPT 2014. NOONE HAS DEALT WITH THIS ONE WITH ME EITHER.

 

Hypokalemia means low potassium levels in the blood.
This condition doesn’t always show symptoms.
Adding potassium-rich foods (e.g., bananas, spinach, and milk) to your diet may help prevent hypokalemia.
Hypokalemia is when blood’s potassium levels are too low. Potassium is an important electrolyte for nerve and muscle cell functioning, especially for muscle cells in the heart. Your kidneys control your body’s potassium levels, allowing for excess potassium to leave the body through urine or sweat.

Hypokalemia is also called:

hypokalemic syndrome
low potassium syndrome
hypopotassemia syndrome
Mild hypokalemia doesn’t cause symptoms. In some cases, low potassium levels can lead to arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythms, as well as severe muscle weakness. But these symptoms typically reverse after treatment. Learn what it means to have hypokalemia and how to treat this condition.

via Hypokalemia | Definition & Patient Education

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