Potassium and the heart

Released 13 June 2018     Expires: 13 June 2020      Programme: Hyperkalaemia 1 CPD/CME credit

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Vifor Pharma UK Ltd. has fully funded the production and publication of this podcast with a hands off grant. They had no input into the editorial content. Final editorial control remains with the authors.

Designed to give healthcare professionals an introduction to potassium and the heart. It reviews the role of this important electrolyte in health and disease. Disturbances in potassium are common and, while patients may be asymptomatic, it can be life threatening. Patients with chronic kidney disease or heart failure patients receiving renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors are particularly vulnerable. This module highlights aspects of the identification of potassium abnormalities, and how these may be treated acutely and in the chronic setting.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, participants should be better able to understand:

  • The role of potassium in the body and its specific effects on the heart
  • The pathophysiology of disturbances of potassium, presenting as either hypo- or hyperkalaemia
  • The acute and chronic management of these conditions
  • New treatment agents and the role of diet in vulnerable patients.


Professor Philip Kalra, Consultant Nephrologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Renal Medicine, University of Manchester
Dr Jillian Riley, Senior Teaching Fellow, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London
Professor Mike Shattock, Professor of Cellular Cardiology, British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence, King’s College London
Dr Cynthia Smith, Nurse Practitioner, Renal Consultants, PLLC, South Charleston, West Virginia, USA


1 CPD/CME credit, 1 hours
BJC Learning has assigned one hour of CPD/CME credit to this module

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