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Pathophysiology of Hyperkalaemia

Potassium is critical for many physiological functions. Although normal homeostatic mechanisms precisely maintain the serum potassium level within a narrow range, pathogenic disturbances can lead to hyperkalaemia, a relatively common clinical condition that can induce potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias. Understanding the pathophysiology of hyperkalaemia is the focus of this e-learning…

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Date of publication:
January 8, 2018

News & Views

ASN Kidney Week 2017: The Impact of Hyperkalemia on RAASi Use and New Data on Novel Potassium Binders

At the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week 2017 congress in New Orleans, results from several studies looking at the prevalence and impact of hyperkalemia were presented, alongside data for new therapies which may allow greater use of renin-angiotensin aldosterone system inhibition (RAASi) in patients with CKD and cardiac disease….

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Date of publication:
December 11, 2017

News & Views

Preview of ASN Kidney Week 2017: Hyperkalemia

The American Society of Nephrology – Kidney Week 2017 (ASN 2017) congress takes place October 31st to November 5th 2017 in New Orleans. In this article, the COMPACT RENAL team has highlighted key sessions and posters relating to hyperkalemia. Note that hyperlinks to symposia will take you to the ASN…

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Date of publication:
November 2, 2017

News & Views

ERA-EDTA 2017 Preview: Hyperkalaemia

ERA-EDTA 2017 is fast approaching and, to help you plan your time at the Congress, the COMPACT RENAL team has put together a preview guide to the posters and presentations relating to hyperkalaemia. For full listings for the conference see the ERA-EDTA Planner. COMPACT RENAL will be in the exhibit…

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Date of publication:
June 2, 2017

News & Views

The Chronic Challenge of Hyperkalemia

Controlling potassium levels in CKD patients requires a complex combination of dietary awareness, medication control and targeted therapy. This article, and the accompanying educational slide pack, outline the issues facing clinicians when managing hyperkalemia, the current treatment options and requirements for future therapies. Hyperkalemia is defined as serum potassium levels…

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Date of publication:
January 12, 2017

News & Views

Preview of ASN Kidney Week 2016: Hyperkalemia

The 2016 ASN congress begins in Chicago next week. In this article, the COMPACT RENAL team has highlighted key sessions and posters relating to hyperkalemia. Note that hyperlinks to symposia will take you to the ASN Kidney Week website, where you will have the option to add sessions to your…

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Date of publication:
November 10, 2016

News & Views

ERA-EDTA 2016: The Burden of Hyperkalemia

The 2016 ERA-EDTA Congress featured two satellite symposia that highlighted the disease burden of hyperkalemia, as well as an oral session on mineral metabolism that discussed new potassium binder therapies (that are not approved at the time of writing in Europe). Two satellite symposia included presentations on the challenges associated…

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Date of publication:
June 23, 2016

News & Views

Hyperkalemia in Chronic Disease: Balancing Medication Benefits and Risks

Potassium has several physiological roles including maintenance of the resting membrane action potential, particularly of the myocardium. Because 98% of potassium is stored intracellularly, homeostasis of the extracellular 2% is essential, and leads to a narrow normal range of 3.5-5 mmol/l. An upset in this balance resulting in hyperkalemia can…

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Date of publication:
May 19, 2016

News & Views

Hyperkalemia in Chronic Disease

Potassium is the most abundant cation in the body, essential for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance. 98% of potassium is stored in the intracellular space, with only 2% extracellularly.[1] However, this 2% is vital for maintaining the intracellular and extracellular ratio of potassium, and therefore the resting membrane potential, particularly…

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Date of publication:
May 19, 2016

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