What is hyperkalemia?
True hyperkalemia is described as increased potassium level in the blood. People at risk are those with renal failure, especially if they have a high dietary potassium intake or are taking additional medication that may predispose a person to develop hyperkalemia.
High potassium dietary contents
• Pinto Beans
• Honeydew melon
• Black-eye peas
• Collard greens
Severe hyperkalemia is a life threatening because it can cause EKG changes such as ventricular arrhythmias. It can also cause skeletal muscle weakness, even to the point of paralysis and respiratory failure.