Healthy Living with Heart Failure: Your Nutrition Matters

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Dr. Todd Koelling from U-M Heart Failure Program explains why limiting salt (sodium) and fluid in the diet prevents hospital stays and improves swelling and other symptoms of heart failure. Dr. Koelling explains how much sodium people with heart failure can eat safely, how to read food labels, and which foods to choose at home or in restaurants. Watching fluid intake is another important way to reduce water retention and swelling. Dr. Koelling explains how much fluid is appropriate for people with heart failure, how to count and record fluid intake.

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