Salt, No Salt or Less Salt For Heart Failure Patients?

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Summary of "Salt, No Salt or Less Salt For Heart Failure Patients?"

Restricting dietary sodium is a common recommendation given by clinicians to heart failure patients, one supported by current guidelines. However, the quality of evidence for this recommendation is suboptimal and there is no consensus on the optimal level of sodium intake. Though excessive sodium intake is associated with left ventricular hypertrophy and hypertension, recent data have suggested that very low sodium intake is paradoxically associated with worse heart failure outcomes. This is possibly explained by the association between low sodium intake and activation of the sympathetic and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone systems. Nevertheless, sodium restriction is routinely recommended and remains a cornerstone of heart failure and blood pressure therapy. In this editorial we discuss the pros and cons of sodium restriction for heart failure patients from the current literature.


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Name: The American journal of medicine
ISSN: 1555-7162


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