How To Treat Shortness Of Breath In Patients With Hypokalemia?

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how to overcome shortness of breath in patients with hypokalemia…??rnPlease answer quickly yes…

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Hi Laily,

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Potassium is an electrolyte that is very important for its function to maintain healthy nerves, muscles, especially the heart muscle. Hypokalemia is a condition in which the level of potassium in the blood is less than normal (below 2.5 mmol/liter). This condition can be caused by many factors, including drug side effects, chronic kidney failure, diarrhea, diabetic ketoacidosis, alcohol consumption, folic acid deficiency, or other diseases.

Shortness of breath in patients with hypokalemia can arise due to many factors, one of which is due to weakness of the muscles that regulate breathing, namely the chest muscles, diaphragm muscles, and abdominal muscles. In addition, lack of oxygen perfusion due to impaired heart and kidney function can also exacerbate shortness of breath.

How to handle shortness of breath in patients with hypokalemia, the answer of course depends on the cause and severity of the shortness of breath. The cause of the hypokalemia itself must also be identified so that treatment can be carried out on target. Therefore, you should consult directly with an internal medicine specialist who treats you. Doctors will generally carry out a thorough examination, ranging from blood tests, x-rays, urine tests, heart records, ultrasound, and so on before determining the right treatment. In the early stages, oxygen therapy, such as through an oxygen tube or mask will usually be the first priority to treat an emergency. Furthermore, the treatment will be adjusted to the condition of each patient.

For now, try the following tips first:

Calm your mind, don't panic or worry too much. Rest. Sleep with your head elevated. Use loose and comfortable clothes. Eat and drink enough. Increase your intake of potassium in your diet, for example, from avocados, bananas, kiwis, oranges, nuts, and so on. Avoid taking drugs indiscriminately unless advised by a doctor. Don't smoke. Hope this helps..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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