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How is hyperkalemia diagnosed?

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Hyperkalemia can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms can be mild and may be due to many different health problems.

Your doctor will examine you and listen to your heart beat. You will be asked questions about your medical history, diet, and use of medications. It is important to make sure your doctor knows about all the medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter products such as herbs and other supplements.

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: "Hyperkalemia."

American Association of Clinical Chemistry: "Potassium: The Test."

Parham, W. Texas Heart Institute Journal, 2006; vol 33: pp 40-47.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Electrocardiogram."

Mount, D. "Disorders of potassium balance," in Brenner, B.M., ed., Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, 8th ed., Saunders Elsevier, 2008.

Ferri, F. Practice Guide to the Care of the Medical Patient, 8th ed., Mosby, 2010.

Gibbs, M. "Tayal VS. Electrolyte disturbances," in Marx, J, ed. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 7th ed., Mosby Elsevier, 2009.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 15, 2020

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: "Hyperkalemia."

American Association of Clinical Chemistry: "Potassium: The Test."

Parham, W. Texas Heart Institute Journal, 2006; vol 33: pp 40-47.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Electrocardiogram."

Mount, D. "Disorders of potassium balance," in Brenner, B.M., ed., Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, 8th ed., Saunders Elsevier, 2008.

Ferri, F. Practice Guide to the Care of the Medical Patient, 8th ed., Mosby, 2010.

Gibbs, M. "Tayal VS. Electrolyte disturbances," in Marx, J, ed. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 7th ed., Mosby Elsevier, 2009.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 15, 2020

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