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Hypokalemia (low potassium) is usually due to:
Potassium blood values are usually given in mEq/L but sometimes you can see these values in mmol/l following the International System of Units (SI). Numerical values are similar in mmol/L or in mEq/L
Hypokalemia or low potassium blood levels mean:
Your potassium level is a bit low. It may be due to low potassium diet so you can try to increase food high in potassium in your diet.
If you suffer from arrhythmias, muscle weakness or fatigue it is recommended a visit to your doctor.
It is necessary to raise these levels to prevent from muscle atrophy.
Marked hypokalemia is related to paralysis or breathing problems.
You must visit your doctor because sometimes you may require hospitalization to follow the appropriate treatment.
Severe hypokalemia can lead to life-threatening cardiac conduction disturbances (arrhythmias) and neuromuscular dysfunction like sinus bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation.
You need to look for urgent medical attention. Parenteral potassium replacement 8 Intravenous potassium) under medical supervision is the best practice for patients with severe hypokalemia.
There are some circumstances or drugs than can reduce your potassium levels in the blood:
Lower than normal levels of potassium in the blood can be due to:
If your potassium blood level is a bit low, the following tips can help you:
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The following values are considered to be below the normal range:
IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in mEq/L (mmol/L). They are an example for a healthy man of about 45 years of age with no known disease, not taking any medication and with an appropriate intake of potassium in diet. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.
|3.4 mEq/L||3.3 mEq/L||3.2 mEq/L||3.1 mEq/L||3 mEq/L|
|2.9 mEq/L||2.8 mEq/L||2.7 mEq/L||2.6 mEq/L||2.5 mEq/L|
|2.4 mEq/L||2.3 mEq/L||2.2 mEq/L||2.1 mEq/L||2 mEq/L||1.9 mEq/L||1.8 mEq/L||1.7 mEq/L|
|1.6 mEq/L||1.5 mEq/L||1.4 mEq/L||1.3 mEq/L||1.2 mEq/L||1.1 mEq/L||1 mEq/L|