What causes elevated potassium levels? - Online Doctor Chats
Hi, I had my blood results done few weeks ago. All results ok but potassium 6,3. I have taken another test yesterday but I'm very worried now since few weeks ago I had extra systole for weeks. I really eat lots of fruits daily. I'm 27, no kids, diagnosed with proctitis. Is 6,3 very high level?
6.3 is moderately high
Hi, I am Dr. XXXXXXX here
Potassium can be wrongly elevated if you clenched your fist when they drew the blood
or if the blood had some hemolysis
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Hi thank you.. I have never been diagnosed with high K previously
So I'm worried now.. I wouldn't really worry that much but as I said I had some extra heart systole few weeks ago for two weeks I thought its stress from work
it is quite possible for a wrong report
wait for the repeat one
So now I think that it could be from that
Yes I have to just was reading that is life treating
So is it 6,3 that dangerous?
6.3 can be XXXXXXX
the problem with potassium levels is that it causes the heart to stop pumping
and the silver lining is, you can detect if the heart is having any trouble due to increased potassium levels by getting an ECG(EKG) done
Cuz my gp she called me first that all results are ok, she said she would bet her money that it was some temporal case.. But then my gastroenterologist requested another one... So if gp I wouldn't even know about that
Okay, it is good that your gastroenterologist requested a repeat
did he not request for an ECG too?
Could it be caused from lots of fruits I'm eating?
No, I guess he wanna see another one
Even if you eat lots of fruits, potassium level will not increase because our kidneys can put out excess potassium if not needed
So from what then? As far as I know my kidneys are ok
As I said, it could be because of some sample processing or storing problem
even if you store the blood for long, the potassium levels will go up
wait for the second report.
Do you think that those extra systole I had weeks ago could be also related to potassium increase?
and don't panic, 6.3 is not that XXXXXXX as to cause the heart to stop
I don't think so
If you had increased potassium levels persisting for weeks, you would not get one isolated extra systole weeks ago and nothing afterwards
Could this be related to my proctitis?
Proctitis has nothing to do with potassium levels
I had constant extra systoles for two weeks, all the time afternoon or evening once I came from work.. Now it's gone already thanx god
Okay, do you drink a lot of coffee?
Not at all, but working in sales
if you had had extrasystoles for two weeks continuously, then I would suspect increased potassium levels
extra systoles for two weeks becomes significant
since that stopped now, you can relax
Please get the second report and I would suggest you to get an ECG too
The another thing is I had those extra systoles only if seated or in bed, no when standing or walking
that could be because of the increased venous return to the heart
that can happen without any reason
it is not too high
so don't panic
wait for your report, and meanwhile get an ECG done
Let us hope your report turns out fine
Is there anything else I can help you with?
Hopefully will get results tomorrow.. And based on results will do steps.. I have appointment schedule with cardiologist in two weeks but not sure if thus can wait that long
I am afraid this can't wait that long
if it turns out as abnormal
let us hope it does not
Of course once potassium will be high again I won't swig that long
Don't worry, if the potassium is high, there are effective treatments available
Just looking for reason, I don't think my kidneys working incorrectly, but could be wrong.. Just haven't been experiencing any problems with them
No diabetes, hypertension not really high, sometimes higher blood pressure
then I don't think you need to worry about your kidneys
in your case it could be diet
rarely, if you consume something that is extremely high in potassium the blood levels can go up a bit
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