Effect Of Hyperkalemia On The Heart

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Definition

Hyperkalemia is higher-than-normal levels of potassium in the blood.


Alternative Names

High potassium; Potassium - high


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Potassium is involved in regulating muscle tissue, and is part of digestion, metabolism, and homeostasis (maintaining a balance between the many electrical and chemical processes of the body).

Hyperkalemia occurs when the level of potassium in the bloodstream is higher than normal. This may be related to an increase in total body...

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