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What electrolyte imbalance is shown by this reading? A nurse is reviewing an ECG reading and notes an increased U wave with a depressed ST.



A. Hypocalcemia
B. Hypercalcemia
C. Hypokalemia
D. Hyperkalemia

This question is part of Medical Surgical Nursing: Cardiovascular Care
Asked by Frostanity, Last updated: Apr 06, 2020

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Y. Dawne

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Answered Feb 07, 2019

Hypocalcemia is a condition of electrolyte imbalance wherein there is a decreased level of serum calcium. Hypocalcemia is a very preventable disorder.

The easiest way to ensure adequate calcium intake on a daily basis is to include a calcium supplement with vitamin D in your vitamin regime. ST-T and U wave abnormalities are provided more by the clinical circumstances in which the particular changes themselves find the ECG changes. The causes of T-wave abnormalities and its significance is a concern in those who are at risk for heart disease. It is low calcium levels in the blood serum.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 17, 2016

Hypokalemia

Increased U waves with a depressed ST and flat, inverted T waves are normally found in hypokalemia.
 

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