Low-salt lifestyle highlighted during Heart Failure Awareness Week

During National Heart Failure Awareness Week, February 13-19, staff at the I.O. Silver Cardiovascular Specialties Clinic on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center helped their patients understand, “Where’s the Salt?” Throughout the week, low sodium recipes were shared, a display of foods and associated salt content was available, and patients and families were encouraged and reminded to talk with their healthcare providers about salt intake.

The latest dietary guidelines for Americans suggest that daily sodium intake be reduced to 1,500 mg for adults. Previous guidelines suggested that 2,300 mg was an appropriate level. Salt reduction is an important lifestyle change for all Americans. Too much sodium on a regular basis can lead to hypertension, which can then progress to other conditions such as heart and kidney disease.

Learn more about salt intake and your health in Penn State Hershey's Health Information Library.

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Last Updated March 17, 2011