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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.

From: What Does Potassium Do in Your Body? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Family Physician: "Hyperkalemia."

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

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

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Electrocardiogram."

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

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

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

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 30, 2019

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: "Hyperkalemia."

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

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

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Electrocardiogram."

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

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

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

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 30, 2019

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