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Jul 18

Potassium supplementation did not show a significant effect on the risk of outpatient–originating sudden death or ventricular arrhythmias.

A new study published in PLoS One revealed that empiric treatment with potassium supplements was associated with a 7% decline in all–cause mortality in a matched cohort study of >600 000 patients with a variety of clinical conditions who were initiating therapy with furosemide. The survival benefit reached 16% for patients taking the loop diuretic at higher dosages, at least 40 mg/day. Potassium supplementation did not show a significant effect on the risk of outpatient–originating sudden death or ventricular arrhythmias.

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