Eating a healthful diet is an important part of managing heart
failure. When you eat foods low in sodium, your heart won't have to work as hard to pump blood.
Be aware, that foods labeled "heart healthy" may not be low in sodium. Always check the nutrition label.
Limit sodium to 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams (mg) or less each day.
A good amount of sodium per serving is 140 mg or
Limit only one food a day with more than 400 mg of sodium per
One teaspoon of salt contains 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium. You
should limit your sodium to 1,500 milligrams or less each day.
If you take medicine for high blood pressure, a low-sodium diet
may help the medicine to work better.
A craving for salt is not your body's way of telling you that
you are low on salt. It is a learned response. The craving
for salt is learned, so it can be unlearned.
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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