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Low Potassium (Hypokalemia) (cont.)

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How can low potassium be prevented?

The body is usually able to maintain potassium levels within the normal range as long as there is adequate potassium in the diet. When the body loses potassium due to a short-term illness, the body is able to compensate for the loss. When the potassium loss is be ongoing, it is important for the patient and health care care professional to anticipate the loss, and consider routine potassium replacement.

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American Heart Association

Fauci AS, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 18th edition. McGraw Hill. 2011


Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012


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