Potassium is essential mineral in our blood that helps regulate the heartbeat, potassium also assists in muscle building and transmitting electrical signals between cells and nerves.
It is an electrolyte that works with other electrolytes to help maintain and regulate the quantities of fluid (water and electrolyte) balance in the body, trigger muscle contraction, and maintain a stable acid-base balance in blood and tissue cells. Potassium deficiency could be caused by excessive diarrhoea and vomiting.
24 to 36 Hours
The test determines levels of potassium in the blood. It is carried out to detect whether potassium concentration is within normal limits or not.
A potassium test could be ordered in certain cases like:-
Symptoms are fairly nonspecific and generally include:-
Preparatory instructions before the test *:
No Fasting Required.
No other special preparations required.
Specimen type: Serum (Blood Sample)
Specimen collection procedure:Venipuncture (Collection of blood from a vein, usually from the arm)
|3.5 to 5.1 mmol/L||Male|
|3.5 to 5.1 mmol/L||feMale|
‘*A Reference range is a set of values which helps the healthcare professional to interpret a medical test. It may vary with age, gender, and other factors. Reference ranges may also vary between labs, in value & units depending on instruments used and method of establishment of reference ranges'
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