Potassium

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Test Description

A potassium test is used to measure the amount of potassium in your blood.

Symptoms such as muscle weakness or irregular heart beat, muscle cramps or weakness, nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, dehydration, low blood pressure, confusion, irritability, paralysis, and changes in heart rhythm. 

Symptoms such as muscle weakness or irregular heart beat, muscle cramps or weakness, nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, dehydration, low blood pressure, confusion, irritability, paralysis, and changes in heart rhythm. 

Visit your doctor to confirm and determine the cause of your low potassium levels. The diagnosis is based on simple blood tests to check potassium levels. The body normally maintains the right levels of potassium by matching the amount of potassium consumed with the amount lost; levels become low when too much is lost from the digestive tract or through excessive excretion in the urine. Consume potassium-rich foods. The recommended daily intake for potassium is 3, 800 mg for children and 4, 700 mg for adults. One baked potato contains 926 mg of potassium, one banana provides 422 mg, half a cup of raisins has 598 mg and 6 ounces of prune juice supplies 528 mg. Additional sources include lean meats, peanuts, lima beans, tomato juice, orange juice, almonds and cocoa.

Test Method 1 : The test requires a blood sample, which is drawn through a needle from a vein in your arm. 

Report available : Turn around time is 24 hours. 

Take a potassium supplement to help restore healthy potassium levels. According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, most multivitamin supplements do not contain more than 99 mg of potassium per serving. Therefore, doctors may recommend a more potent potassium supplement. 

A person have the following symptoms should get this done: cramps or weakness, nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, dehydration, low blood pressure, confusion, irritability, paralysis, and changes in heart rhythm. 

Gender : Mainly occurs in children adults and women. 

Age : Mainly occurs at the age of 15 to 50 years. 

Socio Geographic : It is predominant all over the world. 

Liver, kidney, heart
Kidney disease, Addison disease, Injury to tissue Infection, Diabetes, Dehydration, hypokalaemia