Hyperkalemia is an increased level of potassium in the body. The potassium which is not used up by the body is removed by the kidneys. When there is kidney failure or any other issues with kidney functioning, the excess potassium is not removed, which causes a rise in potassium level. This leads to palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, vomiting, etc. Insulin and glucose intake is a treatment modality for hyperkalemia.
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