When is the right time to contact a doctor?

A patient who has kidney disease or is taking medications that can potentially increase potassium levels should be closely followed by a healthcare provider to monitor potassium levels in the blood, and should also follow a low-potassium diet under the direction of a healthcare provider. If the following possible symptoms of hyperkalemia exist, call the emergency room or 911:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Weak heartbeat
  • Changes in breathing pattern
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea

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