Eating a healthful diet is an important part of managing heart
failure. A low-sodium diet can improve your heart failure.
Limit salt to 1,500 milligrams (mg) or less each day.
An acceptable amount of sodium per serving is 140 mg or
Limit only one food a day with more than 400 mg of sodium per
A high-sodium diet can be harmful when you have heart failure.
The extra water in your body - due to the extra sodium - makes your
heart work harder to pump blood throughout your body.
One teaspoon of salt contains 2,400 milligrams of sodium. You
should limit your sodium to 1,500 milligrams a day.
If you take medicine for high blood pressure, a low-sodium diet
may allow 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. Since the craving
for salt is learned, 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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