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    I've heard that you should have your potassium level checked every so often...why is it that I never have mine checked by my PCP or cardiologist? I thought it was important
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Are you taking diuretics? Anyone taking lasix is probably also taking a potassium supplement and getting their potassium level checked as part of a basic metabolic blood panel drawn periodically. Since starting on diuretics I've had my blood drawn every 2 to 3 months for this check.

    Rob
    --Living life on the edge .. of a continent!
    Charter member: Tinman Club

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      Potassium

      In my personal experience, I've rarely had a PCP/internist/GP get a potassium level. It has only been during hosptial stays that they've done them and I had one doctor who would get a complete mineral level every six months.

      However, your doctor may be getting this level and not telling you b/c it is always normal. Do you get copies of your blood work?

      Regardless, you can ask for a level--actually you should get a complete set of levels for potassium, calcium, magnesium, and chloride (salt) as those are the key chemicals that regulate the heart (known collectively as the electrolytes).

      My magnesium was low and when I started taking Slow-Mag supplements, I felt a TON better.

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        thanks. No, I'm not on a diuretic but had heard that you should have your potassium level checked every so often...the only time they did was when I was in the hospital. I have blood work every 2 weeks to check my PT (I'm on coumadin). The only results I have is what my INR was. I am calling my PCP tomorrow a.m. and asking him to check my electrolytes as well.
        \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

        Ralph Waldo Emerson

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          Easy enough to have done along with your next PT test. Cheap enough, too, if your insurance company has contract pricing in place (but that is a gripe for another thread!)

          Cheers,
          Rob
          --Living life on the edge .. of a continent!
          Charter member: Tinman Club

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