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:5/26/2017)... MN (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... A ... U.S. states with the healthiest seniors are located in the Midwest. With the average ... more and more people are concerned with both the quality and affordability of where ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... , ... May 26, 2017 , ... After raising nearly ... Top gadget will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price on ... stress wherever they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy to the ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Dr. Alex Rabinovich, a highly-skilled oral surgeon specializing ... blog post on insurance options. If a Bay Area patient has to search for ... and money. Visiting an in-network provider for a second opinion can ensure a patient ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... , ... May 26, 2017 , ... “Just What Happened in the Garden of Eden”: ... the Garden of Eden” is the creation of published author, Penelope Colt, mother, trader, horse ... family moved to NYC when she was three. At six, they moved to Dayton, ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... In modern research, success ... appropriate instruments for research and understanding the basic principles that were designed to ... on innovations in stereo microscopy for brightfield and fluorescence typically used in laboratories ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2017)... May 4, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a ... big data solutions, today announced that it is teaming ... STI Technologies Limited to lower diabetes healthcare costs in ... innoviCares card, which is available throughout all provinces and ... will be eligible for additional savings when shopping for ...
(Date:5/3/2017)... 2017 A Catheterization Laboratory is an ... facility. Commonly referred to as cath lab, this ... imaging technology to give physicians visual access to ... spaces, a team of physicians perform life-saving procedures ... intervention, congenital heart defect closure, stenotic heart valves, ...
(Date:5/3/2017)... Pa. , May 3, 2017  West ... in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, announced ... Scientific Affairs and Technical Services, and Diane ... workshops and offering presentations focused on West,s expertise ... injectable products, as well as providing commentary on ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: