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Is hyperkalemia contagious?

Hyperkalemia is a symptom of another disease present in the individual and  is not contagious. It occurs when the levels of potassium in the blood go too high, usually as a result of a disease or condition that affects kidney function. High levels of potassium can be life threatening and cause abnormal heart rhythms or cardiac arrest. Certain diseases that may cause hyperkalemia are inherited.

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