Potassium Level

Potassium is an essential mineral in your body, which is required for the proper functioning of nerves and muscles. The average potassium level is between 3.6 and 5.2 mmol/L. High potassium level is seen in kidney failure, dehydration, diabetes, and internal bleeding.

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Query: Hello doctor, I sustained a back injury three years ago. I was standing on the staircase of a bar when a large woman lost her balance, she grabbed and twisted my arm while placing her full body weight on my back. I have had recurrent muscle spasms all the way down to my back ever since, and I have t...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your MRI scans (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and find that there is no large disc bulge either in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. The scoliosis is there, but it is not causing any significant nerve compression or condition relating ...  Read Full »

Could alcohol drinking cause AF?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old. I had alcohol induced AF after consuming vodka. I consumed roughly the same amount two nights before. AF seemed to start after vomiting. I was cardioverted after 12 hours. I was informed by the doctor that this was alcohol induced. He advised me to avoid alcohol for a m...  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You were told by the attending cardiologist who did cardioversion, a life-saving measure, to avoid alcohol as it precipitates another AF (atrial fibrillation) especially after vomiting. Please say no to alcohol as AF can recur again and not safe for you. It is unlikely to...  Read Full »

What will be the harmful effect of high creatinine and low potassium?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 48-year-old female. I have LMNA related cardiomyopathy and right sided heart failure (HF with preserved EF) and psoriatic arthritis. I have a dual chamber pacer/ICD. I am paced 100% in both the upper and lower chambers. I take Amiodarone, Metoprolol, Ranexa, Warfarin, Bumex, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Tarek Algamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want you to concern only about rise of creatinine which (from your history mentioned) could be due to diuretics or contrast taken during the CT. Low potassium also could be related to a high dose of diuretics. High CO2 is related directly to low potassium, so do n...  Read Full »

There is extreme weakness with low carbon dioxide. Why?

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Dr. Pankaj Jawandhiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your reports and labs that you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity), You have one report showing slightly low normal potasium level of 3.8. V tac can be because of low potasium level. There can be condition called as distal renal tubul...  Read Full »

What causes nonspecific ST abnormality?

Query: Hello doctor, I was in ER the other day with tachycardia that started about 20 to 30 minutes after eating. It nearly had the entire day and the next morning I went to the ER. They did some blood work and a chest X-ray and said I was okay and discharged me. The only abnormality on the blood tests was...  Read Full »


Dr. Ritendra Nath Talapatra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity) First of all, your ECG (echocardiogram) looks normal to me. But the symptoms you are having may be due to some inherited arrhythmia syndrome or channelopathy. If your symptoms per...  Read Full »

Are my blood and urine reports showing any abnormality?

Query: Hello doctor, Based on the health check reports attached, please confirm if any of the parameters are our side range which needs to be monitored, especially the ones marked as L or H (RDW, total blood count, lymphocytes, indirect bilirubin, potassium serum, etc). This is for a 33-year-old female.  Read Full »


Dr. Magesh T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to iclinq.com. I just went through your blood reports and urine protein examination in blood reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your hemoglobin level seems to be normal 12.5 also and then other components like white blood cells, red blood cells platelets all are wi...  Read Full »

Is there any medicine to treat cramps in legs and hands?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 80 years old. Height 5", weight 40 Kg. No history of sugar or BP. The respiratory system is normal. Diet is normal, two or three chapatis. She is suffering from cramp in legs and hands for the last one year. She is advised for Methylcobalamin 1500 OD with Becozinc multivi...  Read Full »


Dr. Magesh T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read about your mother's complaint. I would advise you to have a basic blood investigation to look for serum potassium level. If potassium is low, she will need extra potassium in her diet like tender coconut water and other dietary supplementation. You will also requir...  Read Full »

I have PVC after starting Methadone. Will beta blockers help?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35 year old male, and I am currently on Methadone for chronic pain. I currently have PVC, and my last EKG showed a long QT (over 500 ms). The doctor recommended that I take Magnesium and Potassium supplements as he believes that Methadone may be reducing my magnesium and potassium ...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your explanation in detail, and I understand your worries. Long QT syndrome can predispose you to a fatal arrhythmia known as torsades de pointes. In your case, I will strongly advise you to commence treatment with a beta blocker. This is a saf...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of ventricular fibrillation?

Query: Hello doctor, My 29 year old brother had a pacemaker placed three years ago after survival from a sudden cardiac arrest. Doctors found the cause of the cardiac arrest to be a ventricular fibrillation. Last week was the first time he received a shock from his pacemaker, that is, exactly three years...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ventricular fibrillation, the commonest cause is coronary artery disease. The other causes are dilated cardiomyopathy or low heart function. What is his ejection fraction? Low ejection fraction due to any reason like coronary artery disease or others can lead to v...  Read Full »

What do you suggest for high 17-OHP in a baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4 month old baby was born preterm and detected with high 17-OHP levels. The details are as follows: Baseline level on screening 196 ng/mL. Two other tests showed 20 ng/mL and 10 ng/mL. The recent test showed 5 ng/mL. As per consultation with my doctor, high 17-OHP is due to preterm...  Read Full »


Dr. Deep Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have nothing to worry. Current 17-OHP levels are normal (17-hydroxyprogesterone). High levels at birth are commonly seen in preterm children. Please meet an endocrinologist for clinical examination of your child and review back with the reports. Revert back with the r...  Read Full »

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