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Low potassium in the circulating blood is referred to as Hypokalemia and presents in a multidude of ways. However, approximately 98% of the human body's potassium is enclosed inside the cells.If you have heart problems, An impairment of health or a condition of abnormal cardiac function, potassium supplements can aggravatea heart disorder. if you suspect your potassium levels are low, and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, see your doctor, health care worker, or nutritionist immediately.Plasma potassium concentration determines neuromuscular irritability. Both, elevated ( Hyperkalemia) or depressed potassium concentrations (hypo~) serum levels ,interfere with cardiac, smooth, and skeletal muscle contraction, electrolyte balance, ie. sending nerve impulses as well as releasing energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates during metabolism.Low concentrations will present with prolonged vomiting or diarrhea, renal tubular acidosis types I and II, hyperaldosteronism, Cushing's syndrome, osmotic dieresis (eg, hyperglycemia),alkalosis, familial periodic paralysis, trauma (transient). Drugs: adrenergic agents (isoproterenol), diuretics.A Severe decrease in potassium serum levels may result in:weakness and heart abnormalities; associated with adrenal tumours or starvation or taking diureticsPlasma potassium concentration determines neuromuscular irritability. Both, elevated ( Hyperkalemia) or depressed potassium concentrations (hypo~) serum levels ,interfere with cardiac, smooth, and skeletal muscle contraction.Low concentrations will present with prolonged vomiting or diarrhea, renal tubular acidosis types I and II, hyperaldosteronism, Cushing's syndrome, osmotic dieresis (eg, hyperglycemia),alkalosis, familial periodic paralysis, trauma (transient). Drugs: adrenergic agents (isoproterenol), diuretics.*Muscle weakness and myalgia*Increased risk of hyponatremia with resultant confusion and seizures*Hypertension (high blood presure)EKG changes associated with hypokalemia:*Disturbed heart rhythm Serious arrhythmias such as Depressed, up sloping ST segment,*Low T wave, prominent U wave*Muscle weakness and myalgia*Increased risk of hyponatremia with resultant confusion and seizures*Disturbed heart rhythm such as Depressed, up sloping ST segment,*Serious arrhythmias*Hypertension

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