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What do I need to know about caring for someone with hyperkalemia?

When caring for someone with hyperkalemia, it is important to be alert to symptoms, which indicate the potassium levels are rising. These include muscle weakness and fatigue, an abnormal heartbeat, a heart that stops beating, paralysis, and nausea. Immediately get emergency treatment for the individual. After their condition has stabilized, help the individual eat a healthy diet, avoiding processed foods, fatty meats, foods containing high levels of potassium, and known allergens. Provide plenty of water to help avoid dehydration. Encourage the individual to get exercise and avoid alcohol and tobacco.

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