A buildup of fluid in the body can cause swelling and pain. Your doctor may suggest that you limit liquids, including foods that contain a lot of liquid. Limiting liquids is called fluid restriction. It will help your body get rid of the extra fluid. Your doctor may also recommend that you cut back on sodium in your diet.
Keeping track of the amount of fluids you take in may help you feel better. It may also lower your risk of having to go to the hospital. Your doctor will tell you how much fluid you can have in a day.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
George J. Philippides, MD, FACC - Cardiology
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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