In this large retrospective cohort of patients with acute MI, those with the lowest mortality had serum K levels 3.5 to 4.5, with higher mortality in those with higher and lower K levels. Current guidelines recommending serum K levels 4-5 in AMI patients may be too high (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.