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Chest. 1992 Feb;101(2):398-400.

The effects of exercise on serum potassium levels.

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Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson 39216-4505.

Abstract

In view of the significant influence of potassium on the heart, a decision was made to study the effect of exercise on this important ion in two exercise groups of different intensity. The first group consisted of 44 individuals with known coronary artery disease participating in a supervised cardiac rehabilitation program while the other consisted of 30 healthy joggers. Postexercise mean potassium levels were higher in both groups than resting baseline values. In addition, 5 of 44 participants in the coronary artery disease group experienced major potassium increases of 0.9 mmol/L or more while 7 of 30 healthy joggers experienced this magnitude of increase. Remaining unanswered is the question of whether such abrupt rises in potassium levels in this subset of patients alter their vulnerability to cardiac rhythm and conduction disturbances. A question is also raised as to whether rapid return of potassium levels to baseline postexercise contributes to any risks.

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