Working cardiac rehabilitation, one wants to take time off around Saint Patrick’s day and Easter. Often patients come in with weight up 10 lbs in one to three days, short of breath, swollen, and having elevated blood pressure. When asked, they report celebrating Saint Patrick’s day with sauerkraut and sausage, corned beef and cabbage, with lots of bread on the side, then celebrated Easter early with a ham dinner with gravy.
Caregivers take note, well-intentioned friends and family may have prepared meal or stocked freezers full of sodium laden foods thinking they are helping out during a medical crisis. Be alert to sodium and it’s effect on heart health. Programs such as Meals on wheels also has a tendency to have very salty meals.
If you find weight up, swollen feet/ankles/belly/face, shortness of breath and elevated blood pressure consider the dietary sources of sodium.
Sodium causes fluid retention, weight goes…
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