Navigation Links
Low Serum Potassium Levels Linked to Increased Death Risk in Heart Patients

A new study has linked low levels of normal serum potassium in patients with heart failure to increased risk of death.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by Ali Ahmed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

As part of the study, researchers studied 1,187 pairs of patients, half with low potassium and half with normal levels, who were balanced in all measured baseline covariates. The patients were enrolled in the Digitalis Investigation Group, a large clinical trial of heart failure patients conducted in 302 centres in the United States and Canada from 1991-1993.

Researchers found that patients with potassium levels less than 4 mEq/L had increased risk of long-term mortality.

"It would appear that the threshold for low potassium, 3.5 mEq/L, needs to be raised for chronic heart failure and that any of these patient with a potassium level less than 4 mEq/L should be considered as having low potassium and thus at increased risk of death," Ahmed said.

"These patients were not significantly more likely to be hospitalized than the higher potassium group, suggesting that most low potassium associated deaths were sudden deaths due to ventricular arrhythmias, he added.

The findings of the study were published in the June issue of the European Heart Journal.


'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Serum Progesterone Helps Stratify Ectopic Pregnancy Risk
2. Relationship Between Serum Dioxin Levels And Age At Menopause
3. Serum Institute Launches New Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine
4. New tetanus-diphtheria combination vaccine launched by Serum Institute of India
5. Higher Serum Selenium Linked With Reduced Risks of Prostate Cancer - in Some Men
6. Low Serum Testosterone Levels Associated With Fall Risk in Elderly Men
7. Bone loss can be reduced by Potassium
8. Levels Of Blood Proteins May Help Heart Disease Care
9. Elevated Ozone Levels Hurt Sperm Count
10. Elevating Manganese Levels hold back HIV
11. High Levels of Protein Linked to Brain Shrinkage
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the ... In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, ... just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to ... , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there ... my other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® ... American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to ... and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and ... women in the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) ... held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, ... dedicated to helping service members that have been wounded in battle and their families. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  MedSource announced ... as its e-clinical software solution of choice.  This ... best possible value to their clients by offering ... The preferred relationship establishes nowEDC as the EDC ... for MedSource,s full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long been ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Any dentist who has made an ... current process. Many of them do not even offer this ... and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE able ... such a high cost that the majority of today,s patients ... Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... startling report released today, National Safety Council research shows ... plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. Prescription Nation ... the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, assigned a "Making ... , New Mexico , Tennessee ... states, three – Michigan , Missouri ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: