Diet and nutrition are important. How? A reduced-sodium diet can
improve your heart health.
When you eat a lot of sodium, your body holds, or retains, more
water to handle the extra sodium. This extra fluid causes your
heart to work harder.
A diet high in sodium can be harmful. With heart
failure, your heart cannot pump as well as it once did. A
higher volume of water as a result of increased sodium increases
the work of your heart as it pumps blood throughout your body.
You will have fewer symptoms of heart failure and you will feel better
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, third edition, ISBN 1-931876-20-7
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
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