46: Hyperkalemia Cardiac Arrest Part 1

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46: Hyperkalemia Cardiac Arrest Part 1

March 21, 2023

46: Hyperkalemia Cardiac Arrest Part 1

This isn’t your average hyperkalemia story! Today, host Sarah Lorenzini is sharing the story of Ms. Wanda, a frequent visitor to the ER who came in one day complaining of weakness — and then went into cardiac arrest as she was being examined.

In this episode, Sarah walks us through her surprising visit and how she reached the diagnosis of hyperkalemia. You’ll learn the signs of hyperkalemia, how to detect it, and what can cause hyperkalemia.

Listen to part one of Ms. Wanda’s story, and tune in next week to learn the treatment for hyperkalemia!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Background on Sarah’s patient, Ms. Wanda
  • Why her potassium levels were so high
  • How hyperkalemia can evolve towards cardiac arrest
  • Ms. Wanda’s signs of hyperkalemia
  • Progression of an ECG changes with hyperkalemia
  • Symptoms of hyperkalemia
  • Causes of hyperkalemia

Supplement this episode with educational visuals of hyperkalemia on Instagram:

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