When potassium grows in its amount in the bloodstream above the accepted norm, the person may be attacked by hyperkalemia. Too much potassium release in the organism has a negative effect even though the element is necessary for our bodies. If the condition gets severe, the kidneys are no longer able to eliminate excessive potassium.
If the patient deals with asymptomatic form of this disorder, there are no definite symptoms. In other cases, doctors pay attention to such signs as nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, tiredness, general body weakness, and tingling feelings. Problems with heart rhythm (pulse) and too slow heartbeat are other issues to mind. There are times when the increase in potassium rate is too fast.
The last thing to understand is how to diagnose this illness. Health care professionals start from evaluating the levels of potassium in blood. Sometimes, they think it is the early stage of hemolysis as the symptoms look similar. Just remember the healthy rate of serum potassium – 3.5 to 5 mEq/l. make sure it is not jumping up and down. Examine kidney function creatinine and bloodstream for associated elements and their amount. Another method to discover the illness is through the estimation of trans-tubular potassium gradient. Don’t forget about the effectiveness of electrocardiography.