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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Hypocalcemia is a low level of calcium in your blood. It occurs when your body loses too much calcium or does not absorb enough from the foods you eat.
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Intake and output
may be measured. Healthcare providers will keep track of the amount of liquid you are getting. They also may need to know how much you are urinating. Ask healthcare providers if they need to measure or collect your urine.
Use your call button to ask your healthcare provider for help before you get out of bed. This will help prevent injury.
- Telemetry is continuous monitoring of your heart rhythm. Sticky pads placed on your skin connect to an EKG machine that records your heart rhythm.
- Blood tests will be done to monitor your calcium, vitamin D, and hormone levels. They will also show how well your treatment is working.
Calcium will be given to bring your levels back to normal. This may be given as a pill or IV. You may also need vitamin D or medicines to prevent bone loss.
A dietitian may meet with you to plan the best way to make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D in the foods you eat. Foods that contain calcium include milk, yogurt, cereals, and cheese. Leafy green vegetables, oranges, canned salmon, shrimp, and peanuts also contain calcium. Do not have caffeine or alcohol. These can slow your body's ability to absorb calcium.
Hypocalcemia may lead to low blood pressure, a slow or uneven heartbeat, or chronic heart failure. You may have muscle spasms that make it hard to breathe. Your signs and symptoms, such as heart rhythm problems, confusion, or seizures, will worsen without treatment. You may be at a greater risk for broken bones or falls. Severe hypocalcemia can be life-threatening.
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