Medical Education

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

Medical Education

Hyperkalemia Disease State

Hyperkalemia is a common co-morbidity in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), heart failure, diabetes or those on concomitant medication, especially renin-angiotensin aldosterone system inhibitors used to treat hypertension.[1] The frequency of hyperkalemia increases linearly with the stage of CKD, while increasing severity of hyperkalemia is associated with higher mortality.[2]…

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Date of publication:
May 19, 2016

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