Maintaining calcium balance: physiology and implications

Edwards, Sharon (2005) Maintaining calcium balance: physiology and implications. Nursing Times, 101 (19). pp. 58-61. ISSN 0954-7762

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of the physiology of calcium balance and the associated implications for practice. Understanding the physiological principles is vital to ensure patients’ levels of this essential electrolyte are maintained. Calcium is the most abundant positively charged ion (cation) in the body and is a constituent of the principal mineral of the skeleton. It has a role in cardiac action potentials and pacemaker activity, and the contraction of cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle, with implications for myocardial infarction and drug therapies. In addition, calcium plays an important role in blood clotting and cellular injury and death. Calcium levels are maintained by the kidneys.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Maintaining calcium balance, physiology, implications
Members: Bucks New University
Depositing User: Ms Jackie McPeak
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2017 10:26
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 10:26
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/15244

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