My mom was admitted to the hospital tonight with low potassium levels. They haev her on a heart monitor. She does have HBP, diabetes and thyroid issues and takes meds for all. what does low potasium mean? what can cause it and why is it so important?
Potassium question, please help?
- 17 Jul 2010 by Princess22008
- 11 Aug 2010
- heart disease, thyroid disease, bipolar disorder, diabetes, type 2
Added 19 Jul 2010:
I want to thank everyone for your information and prayers. It was discovered that she had been prscribed 3 different water pills which was causing the problems. She has to have repeat blood tests tomorrow morning and see's her family doctor in the afternoon to get the results. Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.
Sorry to hear that your Mom has been hospitalized due to low potassium, I would suggest to read this link for details: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/low_potassium/article_em.htm, do let me know if it helped? All the best to your Mom.
Hi Princess do not panic..it will make things worse for you.
You have all my support
Effects of low Potassium
Potassium Deficiency (Hypokalemia)
A medical condition in which our body fails to retain minimum necessary amount of Potassium required for its day to day functioning is called as Potassium deficiency or hypokalemia. Potassium deficiency (hypokalemia) can be fatal at times if not taken care of. A person may also develop Potassium deficiency due to extra excretion of Potassium or lower quantity of Potassium in daily diet.
Causes of hypokalemia?
There can be more than one reasons of potassium deficiency (hypokalemia) in a person such as lower level of Potassium in daily diet (i.e. insufficient potassium consumption), excess potassium excretion through bowel motions or urine, if a person is undergoing medication that as a side effect causes lowering in Potassium level in body, if a patient is suffering from problems such as diabetic ketoacidosis, related to renal salt transporters (Bartter Syndrome or Gitelman Syndrome), it may lead to hypokalemia, if a person is suffering from diseases which cause excessive excretion of potassium through bowel motion or urination can lead to hypokalemia etc.
Potassium is a very important mineral that helps us feel and be healthy everyday. Potassium is found inside the human body cells (also found outside the body cells in very small quantity of about 2-3% of total Potassium contents of the body). Potassium plays an important role in smooth muscular and cellular functioning, cardiovascular functioning, muscle contractions, nerve transmission, in conversion of glucose into glycogen and muscle building etc. Potassium in body is necessary to monitor and regulate aldosterone (hormone found in human body). It also plays an important role of a catalyst for many types of enzymes inside the human body, in other terms; it helps in spawning many important chemical reactions inside human body. It is believed by many people (doctors) that Potassium helps in improving ATP hydrolysis.
Potassium is called Natural Diuretic as it easily gets absorbed by our body and almost 85-90% of it is excreted from our bowels and kidneys (urine). Because of its alkaline property, it is a very important mineral which helps our body system to maintain of pH level balanced and also to maintain proper level of water inside body. The most important function of Potassium in human body is to keep blood pressure under control and help in intra-cellular nutrient transfer. It also helps in keeping acne, some type of allergies, fatigue, kidney stones etc. problems at bay.
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Yes, very sory to hear this. She is a sick woman
Why is this medication prescribed?
Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Usually the food you eat supplies all of the potassium you need. However, certain diseases (e.g., kidney disease and gastrointestinal disease with vomiting and diarrhea) and drugs, especially diuretics ('water pills'), remove potassium from the body. Potassium supplements are taken to replace potassium losses and prevent potassium deficiency.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information
So sorry to hear your mom is so sick. I am a mom and old enough to be a grandma. It sounds like she is getting the care she needs now. But in my opinion this could have been avoided by regular and often blood test to check potassium levels and other things. I have my blood tested often to prevent just such a problem. I am a diabetic, have high blood pressure and nuerapathy. I would think about changeing Drs. if mine let something like this happen to me.
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