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    Is A 5.6 Potassium Level in Patients with Kidney Disease Dangerous

    Is A 5.6 Potassium Level in Patients with Kidney Disease DangerousKidney has the function of regulating the balance of electrolytes in our body. As a result, it is very easy for patients with kidney disease to have this kind of metabolic disorder.

    For patients with kidney disease, potassium is an important nutrient for their body health, because the metabolic disorder of potassium can cause patients to have many severe health problems, like arrhythmia, muscle cramp, nausea and vomiting, etc. Patients with kidney disease can have hyperkalemia and hypokalemia, but it is more likely for patients with kidney disease to have hyperkalemia. Well then, if patients with kidney disease have a 5.6 potassium level, is it dangerous?

    What is the normal potassium range?

    Potassium is a substance which is in charge if muscle and nerve functions. Just as creatinine or other substances in our body, potassium is a substance which has its safe range.

    In order for muscle and nerve to perform their normal functions, potassium level should be kept in a stable range, and that is 3.5~5.0mEq/L. Thereby, if patients with kidney disease have potassium level 5.6, that is higher than its safe range.

    What problems may patients have if they have high potassium level?

    For patients with kidney disease, when their potassium is higher than 5.0, that will be unsafe. Patients will have some obvious symptoms in their body.

    For patients with hyperkalemia, an obvious symptom is their nausea, which is caused by the secretion of acetylcholine. Besides, potassium plays an important role in regulating the functions of muscle and nerve, and patients often have numbness or tingling in his limbs. Hyperkalemia can also cause patients to have arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat and even sudden death.

    Thereby, it is important for patients with kidney disease to pay attention to their potassium level, and they need to regulate their potassium intake according to their own conditions.

    Kidney disease is very dangerous, and patients should do what they can to improve their conditions. If you have any trouble in dealing with your condition, you can contact our online experts, and we will do what we can to help you.



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