Preventing Cardiac Arrest

Preventing Cardiac Arrest
Published on, 20 June, 2023. Answered by Dr. Mourad Alsharkawy and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


My mother, who was 71 years old, passed away due to cardiac arrest. The doctors mentioned that her potassium level was 2.5. She had a pacemaker implanted and did not have any other cardiology, kidney, or liver issues. How can I prevent a similar situation?


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


I would advise the following steps to help prevent a similar situation:


1.Regularly monitor your potassium levels: Keeping track of your potassium levels through routine blood tests is crucial. Abnormal potassium levels can affect the hearts rhythm and increase the risk of cardiac issues.


2.Assess renal function: Kidney health plays a significant role in maintaining electrolyte balance, including potassium levels. Ensure your renal function is regularly evaluated by your healthcare provider.


3.Manage blood sugar levels: Elevated blood sugar levels can contribute to cardiovascular complications. If you have diabetes, it is essential to monitor and control your blood sugar levels through medication, diet, and exercise.


4.Limit alcohol consumption: Excessive alcohol intake can disrupt electrolyte balance and affect heart health. It's advisable to moderate your alcohol consumption or avoid it altogether, depending on your overall health.


5.Exercise caution with diuretics: Diuretics are commonly prescribed to manage fluid retention and blood pressure. However, some diuretics can lead to potassium depletion. If you require diuretic medication, ensure regular monitoring of potassium levels and discuss any concerns with your doctor.


Remember, these are general recommendations.



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