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What does hypokalemia mean?

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.

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