Hyperkalemia (High Potassium) Information
Are You O-K+?
K+ is the medical abbreviation for potassium. AAKP wants to help individuals affected by chronic kidney disease understand the importance of knowing your potassium level and how high potassium (known as hyperkalemia) can cause serious health issues.
What is potassium? Potassium is a naturally occurring mineral found in the foods we eat that helps your body function. Potassium helps your heart beat regularly and your muscles work properly.
What is high potassium? High potassium, also known as hyperkalemia, is a condition when the amount of potassium in your blood is higher than it should be. High potassium is generally considered to be any level above 5.0 mEq/L (milliequivalents per liter).
How do I know if I have high potassium? Your doctor can measure your potassium level with a simple blood test.
What caused me to have high potassium? High potassium can develop for a number of reasons. One of the most common causes of high potassium (hyperkalemia) is chronic kidney disease (CKD). Excess potassium is normally removed by the kidneys. If your kidneys are not working properly, potassium can rise to dangerous levels.