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What increases my risk for hyperkalemia?

Individuals with conditions that affect kidney function, such as acute or chronic kidney failure, are most at risk for hyperkalemia. Normally, the kidneys clear excess potassium from the body, but kidney disorders impair this ability. Other conditions that increase the risk for too much potassium in the blood include Addison's disease, injuries to the kidneys, severe burns, supplements or certain mediation, surgery, tumors, the breakdown of muscles from drugs and alcohol, and hemolytic diseases that cause red blood cells to rupture.

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