Our Hyperkalemia (High Blood Potassium) Main Article provides a comprehensive look at the who, what, when and how of Hyperkalemia (High Blood Potassium)
Definition of Hyperkalemia
Hyperkalemia: Elevated potassium in the blood. Hyperkalemia can be caused by taking excessive amounts of potassium, by medications, tissue trauma, and by diseases such as kidney failure. Hyperkalemia may not produce any symptoms, but severe hyperkalemia can lead to potentially fatal arrythmias of the heart.
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