Fast Five Quiz: Hyperkalemia Signs and Symptoms

A. Brent Alper, Jr, MD, MPH


January 19, 2021

Figure 1. Detail of an electrocardiogram (ECG).

Once hyperkalemia has been discovered, it is important to perform an ECG to rule out any cardiac toxicity. The next step would be to investigate potential pathophysiologic mechanisms. The patient history is most valuable in identifying conditions that may predispose a patient to hyperkalemia. Identification of underlying factors dictates further treatment protocols.

Learn more about workup for hyperkalemia.


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