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Posted by Ken
on October 28, 2000 at 08:44:49:
In Reply to: Sodium posted by PJ Adams on October 27, 2000 at 14:49:42:
: I've done so well trying to keep down cholesterol, fats and sodium this week, and then last night I made lasagna with fat free cheeses. Great idea, right? I swelled up and my BP spiked! I had to take a second bp pill, and sit up most of the night. Today I looked at the sodium content of the cheeses, and gave up on lasagna. But I don't even know how much sodium I should allow myself. I have CHF...ejection rate 35-40% and about 1/3 of my heart isn't functioning. My Dr gave me all this useful info, and plenty more about excercise and supplements. But nothing about sodium. Any help out there?
The daily intake of sodium to maintain health is set at 2,400 mgs per day. However, I would ask your Cardiologist. If your Cardiologist can't answer your question, you might consult with a Registered Dietitian.
A web site that might be useful to you is that of The American Heart Assn. at http://www.americanheart.org. I recommend their Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide. Click on this on the home page, then click on "S" and look up "Sodium". They have an excellent article on Sodium. You will also find info on CHF and related subjects.