Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Postpartum Cardiomyopathy Low Salt Diet

A low salt diet can be an important treatment in postpartum cardiomyopathy.

Increased salt leads to fluid retention and subsequent heart failure in some people with heart disease. Many heart patients benefit from a low salt diet, which limits their sodium intake to no more than 2 grams of sodium per day.

Tips on how to reduce salt consumption for those with postpartum cardiomyopathy include:

  • Avoid cooking with salt.
  • Avoid fast food.
  • Avoid salty foods, such as pickles, cured meats, salty snacks, and canned soup.
  • Avoid seasonings that contain sodium, such as soy sauce, steak sauce, garlic and onion salt, and monosodium glutamate.
  • Do not add salt to your food at the dinner table.
  • Read food labels and buy foods that are low in salt.
  • When eating out, ask that your food be prepared without added salt.

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Last Updated: Nov 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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