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Potassium - Serum / Plasma in Pragathi Enclave, Hyderabad

Also Known as Potassium Profile, Serum K, Serum Potassium, K, K+, Serum Potassium Test

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The Potassium – Serum / Plasma test helps to determine the levels of potassium, to detect the cause of electrolyte imbalance, to monitor the ongoing treatment for potassium levels. The Potassium – Serum / Plasma test is done: • As a part of electrolyte or metabolic panel • To diagnose electrolyte imbalance • In case of symptoms such as muscle weakness or irregular heartbeat • In case of high blood pressure • In case of kidney disease

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To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
Potassium is an electrolyte that helps to transport nutrients to cells and takes out waste products from cells. Along with other electrolytes such as sodium and chloride, potassium regulates the amount of fluid in the body. It helps to maintain acid-base balance.
The examples of food containing potassium include spinach, beef, bananas, grapefruit, oranges, cantaloupe, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, legumes, seeds, and nuts.
The symptoms of low levels of potassium in the blood include fatigue, constipation, palpitations, muscle damage, tingling or numbness, muscle weakness, or spasms.
In case, if there is a large drop in the potassium levels it can lead to abnormal heart rhythms, especially in persons suffering from heart diseases.
Yes, please inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines or supplements as it might interfere with the test results.
Annual health checks are essential for preventive care. These checkups allow early detection of potential health issues, thus improving the prognosis. Annual checkups help assess the need for interventions or adjustments in the current treatment plan for pre-existing illnesses. This checkup can also help you save tax under section 80 D.

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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results