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Reducing Salt Intake Might Harm Heart Failure Patients, Study Claims

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  • Heart failure patients following a low-sodium diet were 85 percent more likely to die or require hospitalization for heart disease compared to those who didn’t restrict their salt intake.
  • Among those restricting their sodium intake, 42 percent died or were hospitalized for heart problems during the study, compared to 26 percent of those with no salt restrictions
  • Restricting salt may backfire by causing a reduction in fluid that triggers hormones to try to retain body fluids, accelerating heart failure

By Dr. Mercola

Close to 6 million Americans have heart failure while more than 870,000 cases are diagnosed each year. If you have heart failure, it means your heart isn’t pumping as well as it should be and, as a result, your body is probably not getting enough oxygen. In other words, you have a weak heart.


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