Press Release

Fighting Heart Failure with a Low Sodium Diet

02.02.2014

WHAT IS CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE?

About 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Risk increases with age, as a weakened heart can't do a complete job of pumping blood throughout the body. Fluid collects in the lungs and other parts of the body. Congestive heart failure may appear suddenly or develop over time.

WHAT CAUSES CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE?

Congestive heart failure can be caused by:

  • A heart attack
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Blockage or leaks in heart valves
  • Cardiac arrhythmia

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