Heart Rhythm Community
Defibrillator set off by low potassium
About This Community:

A community of people experiencing Heart Rhythm concerns. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, management, and treatment.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Defibrillator set off by low potassium

My brother has had a pacemaker/debrillator for years.  In the last 2 years we have nearly lost him 9 times due to low potassium.  The diagnosis has been "low potassium" as the cause for his heart stopping which requires the defbrillator to shock him and bring him back.  He has been rushed to the ER and had lengthy hospital stays each time.  He is WORN OUT.

Is there any kind of home test to check potassium levels for heart patients?  Or a home test for electrolytes?  Anyone know of any type of home test that would indicate when there is a problem with the level of potassium.  My brother needs the ability to check this himself.

Thanks!
Tags: diarrhea
Related Discussions
2 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
444864_tn?1205159493
I received my pacemaker/defibulator 2 years ago and have been shocked only once. Ideally your potassium levels should be around 3.6 - 4...in hospital after the shock, I caught a flu bug and lost alot of my potassium through diarrhea and vomitting. My potassium levels went down to 2.3.  I take potassium pills that have been perscribed my my cardiologist, three times a day. I don't know of any method of checking out your electrolytes at home. I get my blood done every 2wks.  Is your brother on potassium supplements??
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
There should be a reason his potassium is low. Does he have an eating disorder, or take meds like a diuretic that would deplete him of potassium? He needs a workup to figure it out, and it sounds like he needs to be on a supplement like the previous person stated. If his doctor doesn't look into this, I would find a new doctor. It is not normal to have a low potassium for no reason. Good luck to your brother. Debi
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
995271_tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Bromley
1423357_tn?1414258965
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
Recent Activity
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
mkh9 commented on Londres70's status
6 hrs ago
506791_tn?1350343103
Blank
Piparskeggr , blood counts were back to... Comment
9 hrs ago
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
House passed the Dark Act H.R. 1599...
21 hrs ago by gymdandee
Heart Rhythm Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
995271_tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Bromley
1423357_tn?1414258965
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA