Plasma potassium, serum magnesium and ventricular fibrillation: a prospective study.

@article{Higham1993PlasmaPS,
  title={Plasma potassium, serum magnesium and ventricular fibrillation: a prospective study.},
  author={P D Higham and Philip C. Adams and Alan Murray and Ronald W. F. Campbell},
  journal={The Quarterly journal of medicine},
  year={1993},
  volume={86 9},
  pages={609-17}
}
Low plasma potassium and magnesium concentrations have been advanced as risk factors for ventricular fibrillation (VF). For potassium, this assertion is based almost exclusively on retrospective data; for magnesium the evidence shows an association with ventricular arrhythmias but no direct association with VF. We studied the relationship between these electrolytes and VF prospectively. Plasma potassium and serum magnesium concentrations were measured on admission to our coronary care unit… CONTINUE READING

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