Eating and drinking and Heart failure
Too much salt is bad for your heart. It can lead to a build-up of fluid and make you thirstier, so avoid salty processed food and snacks. Try using herbs instead of salt to add flavour to your cooking and avoid low-salt alternatives like LoSalt – these are high in potassium. Aim to have no more than 2g of salt a day.
Drinking no more than 2 to 2.5l (3.5 to 4.5 pints) will help to prevent a build-up of fluid and could lower the dose of water tablets you need. Tea, coffee, water, juice, alcohol, soup, gravy and sauces all count towards the amount of fluid you have in a day.
Remember that alcohol can make your condition worse. If your heart failure is linked to alcohol, you should stop drinking completely. Talk to your doctor or another medical professional about getting alcohol support.
If you notice your ankles, legs or abdomen swelling and that you’re more breathless, cut down your fluids to 1.5 to 2l (2.5 to 3.5 pints) a day.
If the weather’s warm, allow yourself an extra half a litre (1 pint) a day.
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