Potassium

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Overview
Test Results & Interpretations
Patient Concerns

Overview of Potassium

Test Description

This test is ordered as a part of your routine physical check up, or when an electrolyte imbalance is suspected, or you have disease or conditions which can affect your potassium levels like kidney disease or hypertension. Your doctor will also order this test if you are taking certain drugs which can affect potassium levels.

Why Get Tested

  1. As a part of basic metabolic panel or electrolyte profile  
  2. If you are being evaluated for kidney disease 
  3. If you have symptoms such as muscle weakness, irregolar heart beat
  4. Potassium testing is routinely ordered when a doctor is diagnosing and evaluating hypertension, diabetic ketoacidosis or when monitoring a patient receiving dialysis or intravenous fluids

Precautions

  • No special preparation required

What Results of Potassium mean?

Interpretations

  • High potassium level called hyperkalemia may be seen in conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, dehydration, Addison’s disease, consuming too much potassium or certain drugs like beta blockers, NSAIDS, ACE inhibitors etc 
  • Low potassium level called as hypokalemia may be seen in severe vomiting, diarrhea, certain drugs like steroids, antibiotics like gentamycin


Patient Concerns about Potassium

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are good dietary sources of potassium?
Foods high in potassium include a number of fruits and vegetables such as bananas, grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, potatoes

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