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Potassium

  • ✓ Measures your potassium level.
  • ✓ Provides insight into how your kidneys are doing.
  • ✓ Clear report in English about your values.

275 SEK

Paid on site

Description

In our body there are many vital elements that we need, potassium is one of them and is important for our nerve and muscle function and regulation of blood pressure. Both too high and too low potassium values can cause heart rhythm disturbances.

The test is for you who want to gain insight into how your kidneys are doing and whether you may be affected by reduced kidney function.

This is how it works: The test is a blood test that is carried out at the selected sampling unit.

Sample response: You normally have a response within 6 banking days after taking the sample. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test results, you will receive a report in English about your values and the doctor's comment.

Remember: Bring valid identification with you when taking the sample.

Information

Analysis of potassium

Potassium can be analyzed for several reasons, partly to follow up treatment in acute illnesses, in case of suspicion of high blood pressure or kidney disease. You can also measure the level of potassium in the blood during treatment with certain drugs, especially drugs for heart disease or high blood pressure, as some drugs can have a lowering effect on the potassium level in the blood and others can raise the level.

About potassium

Potassium is a mineral and is found in all our body fluids in the body, such as in the blood and lymph fluid. Potassium is very important for the body's cells and is especially important for the cells found in the muscles. Of the total amount of potassium, approximately 2 percent is found outside the cells in body fluids. When you measure the potassium level, it is the liquid that is around the blood cells.

Potassium in diet

We get potassium through our diet, potassium is mainly found in fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. In case of elevated values, it is sometimes recommended that corrections be made in the diet to reduce the intake of potassium. Examples of other foods that contain a lot of potassium are nuts, chocolate, citrus fruits and bananas. You can also be treated with drugs that lower the potassium level.

Low value of potassium

Low levels of potassium in the blood are called hypokalemia. Potassium deficiency is rarely something you notice, but can make you feel more tired and have less energy. If potassium is too low, problems such as muscle weakness or muscle cramps can occur. It can also affect the heart's ability to pump blood.

Low value of potassium can also occur if you have lost salts, which for example can happen after diarrhea and vomiting. It can also occur if you eat large amounts of licorice. Low values can also be seen in impaired kidney disease instead of a high value.

High value of potassium

High levels of potassium in the blood are called hyperkalemia. Problems that can occur in connection with it are nausea, weakness and the heart beating irregularly. This applies if your potassium value is greatly elevated. In the case of a slightly elevated potassium value, no problems or symptoms usually occur.

In case of reduced kidney function, excretion of potassium can decrease, which can lead to an increased potassium value in the blood. The kidneys have important tasks, one of which is to control the potassium level.

Other causes of elevated potassium values are some medicines that can cause the level of potassium in the blood to increase, unusual diseases of the adrenal glands and major wounds or muscle damage.

Health Marker

  • Potassium

Symptoms of reduced kidney function

The symptoms of chronic kidney failure, or chronic kidney failure, develop slowly. They can only appear when kidney function becomes so impaired that waste products begin to accumulate in the blood, then they can express themselves like this:

  • ✓ Loss of appetite
  • ✓ Nausea
  • ✓ Vomiting
  • ✓ Fatigue
  • ✓ Itching
  • ✓ Impaired muscle strength

The marker potassium is also measured in Health checkup Man and Health checkup Woman.

This is how the test works

The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.

1. Book a time

We will always send you the test result within the same day.

2. Sampling

Simple, safe and smooth sampling.

3. Analysis

The sample is sent for analysis.

4. Result or travel certificate

The result is sent digitally.

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