On-demand CME/CE webcast previously recorded from the September 25, 2021, Hospital Medicine Summit
The risk of hyperkalemia increases significantly for patients with chronic kidney disease and for those who take common medications for heart failure, such as renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors, which can increase potassium in the blood. Hyperkalemia may lead to cardiac arrest and death, with mortality being up to 30% in patients with severe hyperkalemia, if not treated rapidly.
Clinicians in a hospital and acute care setting would benefit from education on current epidemiologic and clinical trial data surrounding acute and chronic hyperkalemia so as to develop management strategies that address this electrolyte abnormality in ways that provide the most optimal outcome for affected individuals. This includes identifying those at risk for developing hyperkalemia, as well as employing evidenced-based therapies with supporting data shown to improve outcomes. Benefits of multidisciplinary transitional strategies will also be discussed. Application of the knowledge gained from this educational activity will help to improve patient outcomes.
George L. Bakris, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, AHA Comprehensive Hypertension Center
University of Chicago Medicine
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George L. Bakris, MD
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