Hyperkalemia in Adults: Review of a Common Electrolyte Imbalance

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Hyperkalemia is a common electrolyte disorder associated with life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Prompt recognition and appropriate treatment are essential in preventing serious cardiac complications. Although clinical manifestations of hyperkalemia are usually nonspecific or absent, laboratory testing and electrocardiography performed by the astute clinician aware of predisposing risk factors can help direct management.



CE/CME No: CR-1703

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Describe the pathophysiology and causes of hyperkalemia.
• Identify patients who are susceptible to hyperkalemia.
• Recognize the clinical sequelae of hyperkalemia.
• Formulate assessment and treatment plans for patients with hyperkalemia.

Melanie Douglas is a Physician Assistant in the Medicine Department at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, New York. Denise Rizzolo is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the PA Program at Pace University in New York, New York, and Research Director in the Program of PA Studies at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Danielle Kruger is an Academic Coordinator and Associate Professor in the PA Program at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. The authors have no financial relationships to disclose.


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