Dr. Bertram Pitt from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI moderated the topic "Management of Serum Potassium in Patients with Heart Failure" with Drs. George Bakris from the University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Il, and Orly Vardeny from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
The discussion focused primarily on:
(1) The diagnosis of hyperkalemia using potassium levels: biases and laboratory settings
(2) monitoring potassium levels in patients with renal disease and the use of dietary or pharmacologic interventions
(3) risk factors that predispose patients to hyperkalemia
(4) the frequency of hyperkalemia in heart failure and the role of multiple renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors
(5) recommendations for the frequency of monitoring in patients who take multiple RAS inhibitors
(6) the physicians role in counseling patients on avoiding high-potassium diets
(7) treatment considerations for a patient diagnosed with hyperkalemia
(8) recommended pharmacologic options and the use of dialysis.
(Med Roundtable Cardiovasc Ed. 2012;3(3):190–196) ©2012 FoxP2Media, LLC