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Potassium Levels
An_193005 posted:
I know the heart needs a certain level of potassium to operate correctly. I can find all kind of information on what to do to maintain a healthy potassium level. My problem is my potassium level is high.
I have blood work done every three months due to diabetes & high blood pressure. I can not find any information about what to do about high potassium levels. Is this a concern?
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"My problem is my potassium level is high."

"Is this a concern?"

Yes, of course.

What Causes High Levels of Potassium in the Body?

Hyperkalemia is the term given to high potassium levels circulating in the blood system of the body. Potassium is a necessary electrolyte used for the proper function of metabolism, heart rate, regulation of muscle tissue and digestion.

While potassium is necessary, high levels of it has many side effects that can lead to several life-threatening conditions, including heart failure and renal failure. Root causes of hyperkalemia can stem from either diet or malfunctioning cell excretion of the electrolyte.


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carol131313 responded:
Eat more mayonaise
billh99 responded:
Some medicines affect potassium levels.

I know that some for high BP I know that ACEinhibitors can increase it. And there are diuretics that can decrease it and other that can increase it.

Ask your pharmacist if any of your meds can cause an increase. And if so talk to your doctor about switching.
billh99 responded:
Also most salt substitutes contain potassium. Also watch any vitamins or suppliments and check their contents for potassium.
harryas responded:
Have the test for Potassium done over. A high number of errors in reporting potassium is a problem with many labs. Have a redo and you will be amased.

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