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