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Low-Salt Diet Improves Health Outlook For Heart Failure Patients

September 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Diet definitely plays an important role in the progression of heart failure, U.S. researchers report, and patients can reduce their blood pressure by following a low-sodium eating plan such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). Researchers found that patients in their 60s and 70s who followed the DASH diet for 21 days saw a drop in blood pressure similar to taking hypertension medicine. The DASH diet is high in potassium, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants, but low in sodium – no more than 1,150 milligrams a day, much lower than the 3- 4,000 mg consumed by most adults.
Scott Hummel, "Living Better With Heart Failure by Changing What You Eat", News release, presentation at the Heart Failure Society of America meeting , September 24, 2013, © Scott Hummel
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