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Harms of Hyperkalemia in Kidney Failure

2013-03-27 14:46

hyperkalemia in kidney failureHyperkalemia is diagnosed when potassium level in blood is higher than 5.5mmol/L (the referance value of it may differs from country to country) and kidney failure is the msot common cause of it. Hyperkalemia is harmful for our body and for kidney failure patients, it may cause lots of unnecessary health problems. Therefore, having an effective treatment for hyperkalemia is very beneficial for kidney failure patients.

Harms of hyperkalemia in kidney failure

Hyperkalemia is an abnormal physical condition and with high level of potassium in blood, kidney failure patients will experience the following symptims:

1. Muscle twitching and myalgia

2. Myasthenia: Kidney failure patients with hyperkalemia may found they have difficult in walking and standing. Also, with the deterioration of illness condition, symptoms aggravate.

3. Arrhythmia: Arrhythmia caused by hyperkalemia in kidney failure mainly manifestate as sinus bradycardia, ectopic cardiac arrhythmia and ventricular fibrillation and so on.

4. Kidney failure patients may also experience pale complexion and cold limbs becasue of hyperkalemia.

5. Vomit, nausea, bellyache and even enteroplegia in serious cases.

How to manage hyperkalemia in kidney failure?

In kidney failure, potassium level increases because of decreased kidney function, so if we want to receive obvious treatment effects in managing hyperkalemia, the followings measures are essential:

1. Improve kidney condition with medical medicines or therapies like Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy combines western medicines and Chinese medicines and show great treatment effects in improving kidney condition. When kidney condition is increased effectively, excess potassium will be discharged timely.

2. Avoid fruits and vegetables that rich in potassium, protein and salt. High protein intake and salt intake will increase kidney burden and thus cause further kidney damages, which is not beneficial for kidney failure patients to manage hyperkalemia. Besides, major sources of foods high in potassium include banana, spinage, peaches, kiwi fruit, baked potato, yogurt, mushroom and salmon and so on.

Only when hyperkalemia is managed properly, can harms caused by it be avoided effectively by kidney failure patients.

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