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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

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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

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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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