Hypokalemia is a technical term for a low level of potassium. This is a component of the blood, and it's one of the most vital ones. If you experience mild hypokalemia, the serum level of potassium is below 3.5 mEq/L. On the other hand, if you have severe hypokalemia, your level of serum potassium is below 2.5 mEq/L. A person who experiences this condition has potassium levels which are abnormally low. By contrast, there's also a condition called hyperkalemia which occurs when the potassium levels are unusually high.
Potassium is one of the most important electrolytes in the body. It's crucial for the functions of cells which is why it's also concentrated within the bodies of the cells. You can only find about 2% of the total potassium in the body in the blood serum or stream. Because of this, any changes in the potassium's serum levels can affect the body's functions. This is especially true because this component is crucial in maintaining the electrical activities of all the body's cells. This means that the cells which have high electrical activities are the most affected when you experience hypokalemia.
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