Looking after ourselves:
Blood potassium levels can rise when kidneys are not working well.
This can lead to
Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
Changes in nerve and muscle (neuromuscular) control
Kidneys normally control potassium levels in the blood. If potassium levels rise, people with kidney failure have to control their potassium level by diet.
Medication can be used to control potassium levels in an emergency.
Take an interest in potassium levels. Ask us for your blood results or preferably look them up on renal PatientView. If the potassium level is too high a dietitian will give advice about having a low potassium diet.
To start with there is support from dietitians, pharmacists, nurses and doctors. In time people become their own expert.
To understand what all the blood results mean follow these links.
Not everybody on dialysis or with kidney failure needs to cut down on their potassium intake. It depends on how high the level of potassium gets in the blood.
To contact our Norwich renal dietitians - call: (01603) 287011