Most people who develop ARDS are already hospitalized for another condition, and many are critically ill. You're especially at risk if you have a widespread infection in your bloodstream (sepsis).
People at risk for ARDS have a condition or illness that can directly or indirectly injure their lungs.
Conditions that can directly injure the lungs include:
Conditions that can indirectly injure the lungs include:
People who have a history of chronic alcoholism are at higher risk of developing ARDS. They're also more likely to die of ARDS.
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