Hyperkalemia is a medical term used to define high potassium found in blood. Having too much potassium can be worse than not having enough. Potassium is important for the body because it helps with blood pressure. It also supports bone and muscle strength as well as cardiovascular health. Potassium can be taken through supplements or foods like soybeans, sweet potatoes, and avocados. The recommended amount each person should consume daily varies based on individual health. A good rule of thumb is to consume 3,500 – 4,700 mg of potassium each day. Continue reading to learn more about hyperkalemia.
Symptoms of hyperkalemia depend on how high the level of potassium is. If the potassium is just a bit too high, there may not be any symptoms. If potassium levels are high enough, you're likley to experience symptoms like fatigue, weakness, numbness or tingling, nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, chest pain, and palpitations.
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