What does too much potassium in the body mean? What effect does too much potassium in the body have on the organs or systems?

1 Answer
Feb 4, 2017

Excess potassium in the body is called Hyperkalemia in medical terms.


Potassium, when in the normal levels, inside the body is an electrolyte that conducts electricity inside the body. It is very crucial to heart function and plays an important role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function. If the level of potassium increases (Hyperkalemia), it would usually result in abnormal heart beats (arrhythmia) , muscle fatigue and nausea.

Source: University of Maryland Medical Center, Medical Reference guide