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Risk Factors

Factors that may interfere with kidney function and lead to hyperkalemia include:
Kidney Damage
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Factors that may increase your intake of potassium include:
  • Excess potassium supplements
  • Total parenteral nutrition
  • A diet that is high in potassium
Certain medication may increase potassium levels:
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Potassium sparing diuretics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Beta blockers


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