Eating healthy and limiting sodium intake is an important part of treating heart failure. Follow your doctor’s instructions about diet and the total amount of sodium you should have daily. Most heart failure patients are limited to no more than 2,000 mg sodium a day; the American Heart Association recommends an ideal limit of 1,500 mg per day (that’s less than 3/4 teaspoon). Talk with your doctor for his or her recommendation.
If you have heart failure, correctly calculating the amount of sodium in your diet is an important skill to develop. A key factor is learning how to read nutrition labels and how to calculate sodium content in foods you prepare.