Treatment recommendations were as follows among the group of participants:
- 72% were advised to implement dietary changes. 48% of these people subsequently reported a marked improvement.
- 38% were told to begin treatment with new prescription medicine. 33% subsequently reported lower potassium levels as a result.
- 28% were told to change their medicine’s dosage.
- 60% reported a much improved quality of life in terms of both physical and mental well-being.
Perhaps what this study provided the most clarification for was the very urgent need for transparency between physician and patient, if physicians want their patients to understand the severity of hyperkalemia, it’s essential both physicians and patients are as clear and succinct in their respective explanation and understanding of what hyperkalemia is. It also showcases the need for patients to adhere to their physician’s recommendations, whether these come in the form of dietary changes or changes in prescription or dosing, as hyperkalemia is a situation well within the realm of management, provided these instructions are followed.
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