Sodium causes your body to hold on to extra water. This can raise your blood pressure and force your heart and kidneys to work harder. In very serious cases, this could cause you to be put in the hospital. It might even be life-threatening. By limiting sodium, you will feel better and lower your risk of serious problems.
Processed foods, fast food, and restaurant foods are the major sources of dietary sodium. The most common name for sodium is salt. Try to limit how much sodium you eat to less than 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day. If you limit your
sodium to 1,500 mg a day, you can lower your blood pressure even more. This limit counts all the salt you eat in foods you cook or in packaged foods. Keep a list of everything you eat and drink.
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:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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