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How does potassium help your heart?

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Potassium plays a role in every heartbeat. A hundred thousand times a day, it helps trigger your heart to squeeze blood through your body.

It also helps your muscles to move, your nerves to work, and your kidneys to filter blood.

SOURCES:

Kotchen, T. Circulation, Aug. 11, 1998.

American Heart Association: "The Importance of Potassium"; "Potassium"; "Your High Blood Pressure Questions Answered -- Potassium"; "How Can I Lower High Cholesterol?"

U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database: "Potassium Content of Selected Foods."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Kotchen, T. Circulation, Aug. 11, 1998.

American Heart Association: "The Importance of Potassium"; "Potassium"; "Your High Blood Pressure Questions Answered -- Potassium"; "How Can I Lower High Cholesterol?"

U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database: "Potassium Content of Selected Foods."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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