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You have been diagnosed with hypokalemia (a low level of potassium in the blood). Potassium helps with the function of your nerve and muscle cells, including those in the heart. A low level of potassium in the blood can cause abnormal heart rhythms and even heart attack.
Eat more potassium-rich foods:
Oranges and orange juice
Tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato juice
Green, leafy vegetables, including spinach, salad greens, collards, and chard
Melons (all kinds)
Avocados, including guacamole
Vegetable juices, such as V8
All nuts and seeds
Take a potassium supplement as directed by your doctor.
After sternuous exercise or any activity that causes you to sweat a lot, drink Gatorade or other sports drinks that contain potassium.
Be sure to eat foods or drink fluids that contain potassium if you are having diarrhea or vomiting.
Have your potassium levels checked regularly.
Take all medications exactly as directed.
Tell your doctor about all prescription and ove-the-counter medications you are taking. This includes herbal preparations.
Avoid foods that are high in salt. Avoid canned and prepared foods that are high in salt.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Keep all follow-up appointments. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition closely.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Rapid, irregular heartbeat
Shortness of breath
Muscle cramps, spasms, or twitching