Hypokalemia occurs with abnormal kidney function, excessive vomiting or diarrhea, effects of some medications, or malnutrition. Decreased potassium levels in the blood can cause the heart to beat abnormally; extremely low levels can cause cardiac arrest.
Health Conditions and Diseases Nutritional and Metabolic Disorders Vitamins and Minerals Deficiency, Dependency and Toxicity Potassium Hypokalemia
This category contains information for patients, their families and caregivers, about Hypokalemia. This is a condition in which potassium moves from the outside of cells to the inside, decreasing levels in the blood.
Clinical article by David Garth, MD explains this condition. Includes blood level ranges, causes, common lab tests, and treatment.
Eleanor Lederer, MD discusses why potassium is essential to life. Includes three mechanisms that cause a decrease in serum blood levels, risk factors, common symptoms, and medical care.
Wikipedia article explains what constitutes low potassium levels, signs and symptoms, causes, diagostic methods, and treatment.
Abstract discusses what this condition is, how is occurs, and why it can be dangerous.
Brief Mayo Clinic article explains what it is, the causes, and possible effects on the body.
(Currently listed in Health/Nutrition/Nutrients/Vitamins_and_Minerals/Potassium - more appropriate here.)
Last update:October 18, 2016 at 3:21:48 UTC