Failure to Excrete Potassium Can Lead to Serious Health Risks, Warns Kyung Hee University Professor
Professor Kim Jin-suk highlights the importance of caution in maintaining proper potassium levels
(Seoul=Internal and external Broadcasting) As the summer heat wave intensifies, Professor Kim Jin-suk of Kyung Hee University Hospital urges the public to be aware of the risks associated with an imbalance of potassium in the body. Failing to excrete potassium can lead to serious health conditions, such as arrhythmia or even heart attacks.
Patients with ‘chronic renal failure’ are particularly vulnerable to potassium imbalances. Professor Kim explains that excessive fluid intake can cause edema in individuals with severe renal failure, hindering the effectiveness of dialysis treatments. Furthermore, fluid retention can lead to the accumulation of water in the lungs or heart, which can be life-threatening. However, it is crucial to strike a balance, as dehydration from restricting water intake can cause kidney damage. Working with a medical professional, patients should determine an appropriate water intake based on their stage of chronic renal failure and urine output.
Additionally, individuals with kidney failure should be mindful of their fruit consumption. Summer favorites like watermelon, melon, and banana are rich in potassium. Healthy kidneys are capable of efficiently regulating potassium levels, but impaired kidneys can struggle to excrete excess potassium. Consequently, an accumulation of potassium can increase the risk of arrhythmias and heart attacks. Professor Kim emphasizes that managing risk factors like diabetes and hypertension, as well as adopting exercise and proper dietary management, are crucial in order to avoid these potentially fatal conditions.
For patients undergoing dialysis, it is essential to take precautions against infections. Due to lowered immunity, quick prevention of wound infections caused by external bacteria is necessary. Furthermore, the hot and humid weather of summer increases the risk of viral infections caused by food or insects. Therefore, patients should be mindful and take appropriate measures to maintain their health.
Professor Kim highlights the significance of long-term adherence to treatment for chronic renal failure. In this lifelong condition, the patient’s commitment to appropriate treatment plays a crucial role. It is a reminder that should not be overlooked.
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Professor Kim Jin-suk of Kyung Hee University calls for caution as failure to excrete potassium leads to arrhythmia or heart attack
Kim Jin-sook, professor of nephrology at Kyung Hee University Hospital (Photo = Kyung Hee Medical Center)
(Seoul=Internal and external Broadcasting) This is the time when the unprecedented heat wave begins in earnest. The thirst that doesn’t go away even if you drink it makes you replenish more water and drinks than usual. However, people who cannot replenish water to their fullest due to health are patients with ‘chronic renal failure’.
Kim Jin-suk, professor of nephrology at Kyung Hee University Hospital, said, “In patients with severe chronic renal failure who have reduced urine output or on dialysis, excessive fluid intake can cause edema, and weight gain during dialysis can make dialysis not smooth . or the lungs or heart may fill with water.” “However, restricting water intake unconditionally can cause kidney damage due to dehydration, so you need to look at the stage of chronic renal failure and the amount of urine and determine the appropriate amount of water intake with a medical team professional.” It is advised.
Another thing to keep in mind for kidney failure patients is ‘fruit’. Representative summer fruits such as watermelon, melon, and banana are rich in potassium. If the kidneys are healthy, potassium can be released smoothly to maintain the correct potassium concentration in the body.
Professor Kim said, “If potassium continues to accumulate in the body without being released to the outside, it can lead to arrhythmias and heart attacks. Therefore, exercise and dietary management are the most essential factors along with managing risk diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.”
In addition, in the case of patients on dialysis, it is necessary to prevent wounds due to lower immunity quickly to external bacteria, and care must be taken to avoid viral infections caused by food or insects in the summer due to hot and humid weather.
Regarding this, Professor Kim said, “Chronic renal failure is a disease that needs to be treated for life, and the will of the patient with appropriate treatment is more important than anything else. We must not forget,” he said.
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