For patients who receive dialysis, there is a new concern that they may be at risk for heart attacks. One of the types of products used in the dialysis procedure can lead to high bicarbonate levels within the body. This can lead to cardiovascular problems up to and including cardiac arrest or heart attacks. Until recently, this complication was widely unknown both to doctors and patents alike.
Overdosing Issues Relating To Common Medications Used To Reduce Acid Build Up
When a patient is undergoing dialysis, there are products that are used to reduce the acid build up in the patient’s blood. These products, such as GranuFlo and Naturalyte, can contain acetic acid, acetate and citrate that are converted to bicarbonate in the body. Many dialysis patients may also take medications that contain these same ingredients and by combining them, the patient may have levels of bicarbonate in their systems that are dangerous. High levels are attributed to heart problems, up to and including fatal cardiac arrest or heart attack.