A diagnosis of hypokalemia means that the blood levels of potassium are too low. The word comes from the Latin word "hypo, " meaning low and "kal(ium), " the name for potassium and also the source of the atomic symbol for this element, K. Hypokalemia is a condition that can cause abnormal beating of the heart, weak muscles, muscle breakdown, kidney damage, and, if untreated, death.
Barry S. Skikne, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursUniversity Of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS 66103
- Blue-Care/Blue Advantage (BC/BS of KC)
- Kansas City VA Medical Center
- University of Kansas Hospital & Medical Center
What does hypokalemia mean?
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