How is hypokalemia (low potassium level) prevented?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Some authors advocate the routine use of potassium supplementation in patients with congestive heart failure. Undoubtedly, most patients will require potassium supplementation because they will be taking loop diuretics. However, recall the caveats concerning the use of potassium supplements, ACE inhibitors, and potassium-sparing diuretics in patients with subclinical renal failure.


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