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Low potassium, heart arrythmia and ectopic/palps anyone?

Discussion in 'Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory' started by Jemima, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. Jemima

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    Has anyone had sudden episodes of prolonged palpitations and a corresponding low potassium?
     
  2. Sidereal

    Sidereal Senior Member

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    Yes, many times.
     
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  3. Jemima

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    How was yours treated, and, was there any explaination as to why your blood potassium dropped?
     
  4. Sidereal

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    No treatment and no explanation offered whatsoever.
     
  5. Jemima

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    How come they didnt treat a low potassium?
     
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    I wonder if poor potassium control via kidneys rather than too little potassium is a problem.
    It can have far reaching effects I'm discovering
     
  7. Jemima

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    But my renal function tests are ok, just the potassium was low.
     
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    Do you have low potassium? What symptoms do you experience? I was getting fast jumpy heart and ectopic beats on ECG but no heart block or anything, they just just put it down to a low potassium. What I didnt understand was they have never bothered before to treat a low,potassium at same numbers and even lower. Seems to depend who you see maybe.
     
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    Low potassium at the moment but I've had high too.
    Also my blood pressure seems to vary in a similar fashion usually slightly low
    I feel fairly unsteady on my feet and Woosey is main effect ,heart rate seems fine though
     
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  10. Sidereal

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    Because it's not low all the time, only episodically. I don't go to the emergency room anymore when these episodes happen.
     
  11. Jemima

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    How do you address the low,potassium?
     
  12. Sidereal

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    There are many, many threads discussing low potassium. If you plug potassium into the search button, you'll find lots of discussion of this.
     
  13. Jemima

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    Ok.to be honest i am not bothered at all by the low potassium, its easily addressed, but i am bothered as to why it drops, and, to why some doctors bother with it and others dont.
     

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