Csaba P. Kovesdy & Faiez Zannad

June 2016

Hyperkalaemia is an electrolyte abnormality that is associated with cardiac arrhythmias and an increased risk of mortality. It is particularly common in patients with chronic kidney disease, owing to the effects of renal dysfunction on potassium homeostasis, the presence of concomitant comorbidities and the use of drugs that increase the risk of hyperkalaemia. Here, Csaba Kovesdy and Faiez Zannad describe the aetiology of hyperkalaemia; homeostatic mechanisms involved in maintaining potassium balance, including the role of the kidney in this process; the cardiovascular consequences of hyperkalaemia; and therapeutic strategies.

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