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Effect of Hypokalemia and Hyperkalemia on the Electrocardiogram

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Description:

Either a high (hyperkalemia) or a low (hypokalemia) serum potassium may be associated with significant changes in the electrocardiogram. There may be a poor correlation between the serum potassium levels and the ECG changes observed in the individual patient. Early recognition of changes in the ECG may allow early intervention before the onset of serious complications.

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