Potassium Blood Test
Collection from Noida & Indirapuram, Ghaziabad
Purpose of Test
Potassium is present in the fluid of the body which helps the muscles to communicate with the nerves. The purpose of this test is to measure the level of potassium ions in the body fluid. Potassium is an important constituent from the waste removal point of view as well, as it helps the nutrients to go to the right place and removes the waste products from the body.
NORMAL TEST RESULTS
The normal results range from 3.7 to 5.2 mEq/L. If your potassium level lies in this range then communication of nerves and muscles is going smoothly in your body.
Reasons Behind Abnormal Results
Abnormal results mean that potassium level is either high or low then the required value.
High value may be due to blood transfusion, red blood cell destruction or excessive intake of potassium in diet Low values of potassium may be due to chronic diarrhea, vomiting, cushing syndrome or renal artery stenosis.
How Test Performed
This test is performed by the usual method of taking the blood sample. The blood sample of the patient is taken through a method called venipuncture which is then examined and tested in the laboratory. Few medications may affect the result that’s why a patient may be asked to fast or avoid the intake of few medicines before the test.