You may be at risk for high potassium (also called "hyperkalemia.") The more "yes" items you checked, the higher your risk.
A simple blood test can find the level of potassium in your blood. Be sure you ask your healthcare provider about a blood test for potassium.
Certain blood pressure medicines, over-the-counter products, antibiotics, nutritional supplements, salt substitutes, and herbals can increase your risk for high potassium. However, many of the medications that can cause hyperkalemia are important and necessary. Do not stop taking them without discussing it with your healthcare provider. There may be other ways to treat high potassium without stopping these important medicines.
The good news? High potassium can be treated. Ask you healthcare provider what you can do to help control or treat high potassium.
Based on your answers, you do not appear to be at risk for high potassium. However, high potassium is very common, and it can lead to serious heart problems — even sudden death. Most people do not have warning signs. A routine blood test can show if your potassium is too high. At your next checkup, ask your healthcare provider about your potassium levels.
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