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Learning Issue: Electrolytes Name: Nicole Wood Electrolytes are ionized molecules found throughout the blood, tissues, and cells of the body. These molecules, which are either positive (cations) or negative (anions), conduct an electric current and help to balance pH and acid-base levels in the body. Proper balance of these ions is essential for muscle coordination, heart function, fluid absorption and excretion, nerve function, and concentration. The kidneys control the amount of electrolytes in the body, and if the kidneys fail, serious health problems can occur. Electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and chloride, phosphate, and bicarbonate. Sodium (Na). A positively charged electrolyte that helps to balance fluid levels in the body and facilitates neuromuscular functioning. Potassium (K). A main component of cellular fluid, this positive electrolyte helps to regulate neuromuscular function and osmotic pressure. Calcium (Ca). A cation, or positive electrolyte, that affects neuromuscular
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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