Anyone can get AKI. Most of the time, AKI happens in people who are already sick and in the hospital. People who are in the intensive care unit (ICU) are even more likely than people who are in other units of the hospital to have AKI. This is because people who need to be in the ICU are already very sick. Other things that can increase your risk of having AKI include:

  • Being age 65 or above
  • Having a kidney disease or kidney problem
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having a chronic disease, such as heart disease, liver disease or diabetes
  • Having peripheral artery disease (a condition that makes it hard for your blood to get to your arms and legs)

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