EM1507G "Potassium: Friend or Foe?" (IM GR-073115)

The purpose of this Grand Rounds presentation is to review the potential benefits and harms of potassium intake on human health. Recent advances illuminating the physiology underlying the beneficial effects of potassium will be reviewed. In some patients, excess potassium intake may result in hyperkalemia; the risk factors for this electrolyte disorder will be reviewed, as well as management approaches. Understanding of these principles will guide the clinician in optimizing recommendations for potassium intake in different patient populations.


Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, commnity physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Review the beneficial effects of potassium intake on human health
  • Review recent advances in understanding the physiology underlying the beneficial effects of potassium
  • Identify risk factors for hyperkalemia
  • Understand risks and benefits of current treatments for hyperkalemia
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Aylin Rodan, MD, PhDAylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Nephrology

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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