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Good hydration may reduce the long-term risk of heart failure


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 European Heart Journal
Reuters Health - 06/04/2022 - Consistently staying well-hydrated throughout life may help reduce the risk of heart failure (HF), new research suggests. "Similar to reducing salt intake, drinking enough water and staying hydrated are ways to support our hearts and may help reduce long-term risks for heart disease," Dr. Natalia Dmitrieva of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, who worked on the study, said in a news release. Chronic HF affects more than 6.2 million Americans and is more common in those aged 65 and older. Studies in mice have shown that chronic dehydration induced by lifelong water restriction promotes cardiac fibrosis. In the current study, researchers assessed the association of serum sodium levels at middle age, as a measure of hydration habits, with risk of developing HF. They analyzed data from participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study who had serum sodium levels wit...


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