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Heart and Vascular


Issue 1-2: Heart Attack

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Helping Others During a Heart Attack
Life After a Heart Attack
Cardiac and Stroke Support Groups
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Know Your Numbers
Understanding High Blood Pressure
Heart Healthy Eating
Reduce Your Sodium Intake
How Can A Cardiologist Help My Heart?
Chew On This
What to Expect at the ER
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Reduce Your Sodium Intake

Reduce Your Sodium Intake

According to the American Heart Association, the average American eats 3,436 mg of sodium daily. Yet the recommended amount is only 1,500 mg per day. Excess sodium causes your body to hold water, causing swelling that strains your heart and blood vessels.

Here are a few tips for reducing sodium intake:

Avoid high sodium foods. Limit foods with a daily value of 20% or greater of sodium to no more than two servings a day. Steer clear of foods like potato chips, pickles and cured meats. All are usually high in sodium.

Hide the salt shaker. So you can see how much salt you are using, shake it into your hand first. Top foods with fresh herbs and spices for a flavorful, salt-free kick.

Limit processed foods. Manufacturers use sodium to season and preserve food products. Prepare homemade dishes with ingredients that are low in sodium. Check the food label for ingredients that contain sodium, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), baking soda, baking powder and disodium phosphate.

For more information about reducing your sodium, talk with your ProMedoca Physician.

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