Non-cardiac symptoms of moderate to severe hypokalemia in a patient with a syncardia total artificial heart

Amit Prasad, Ali Ghodsizad, Walter Pae, Kai Singbartl, Jacqueline Boone, M. Zeriouh, Arjang Ruhparwar, Matthias Loebe, G. Sadat Hosseini Khorrami, Micheal M. Koerner, Christoph Brehm

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The Syncardia total artificial heart (TAH) is an option for patients as a bridge to transplant in those who are not candidates for left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) due to right ventricular failure. Postoperative course is highly dependent on volume status and aggressive diuresis is often necessary. One complication from aggressive diuresis is hypokalemia; however, in these patients we tolerate a lower potassium level because cardiac arrhythmias are not a concern. However, in two separate instances non-cardiac symptoms related to severe hypokalemia occurred. These symptoms included nystagmus in one patient and agitation, tremors, and having an "out-ofbody" experience in the other patient. Both these patients had resolution of symptoms with potassium replacement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E12-E13
JournalHeart Surgery Forum
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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