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What are complications of hyperkalemia?

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Hyperkalemia is a common cause of life-threatening heart rhythm changes, or cardiac arrhythmias. It can lead to an emergency condition called ventricular fibrillation. In this condition, the lower parts of your heart flutter rapidly instead of pumping blood.

Untreated, an extremely high amount of potassium in your blood can make your heart stop beating, causing death.

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

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

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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