Salt Intake may be Lowered With Help of Electronic Monitoring Device

by Kathy Jones on  November 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM General Health News
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New research suggests that using an electronic monitoring device may help heart failure patients and their families stick to a low-salt diet. The research was presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014.
 Salt Intake may be Lowered With Help of Electronic Monitoring Device
Salt Intake may be Lowered With Help of Electronic Monitoring Device

The Family Sodium Watcher Program (Family SWAP) focuses on a partnership between the heart failure patient and a caregiver/member of the family to adapt to the taste of a low-salt diet and includes using an electronic monitoring device to detect salt content in food and avoid high-salt food during the adaptation period.

In the three-month trial of 15 patient-caregiver pairs:
  • The intervention group of eight patients received 12 weeks of self-care education for heart failure with gradual adaptive strategies in salt intake. Participants said the device was easy to use and helped them maintain a low-sodium diet. Some said they enjoyed their low-salt diets more and 90 percent noticed a change in their ability to taste salt in their food. Caregivers reported no increased burden due to the program.

  • The usual care/control group of seven patients didn't change behavior.

The Family SWAP may help the entire family improve their lifestyles, researchers said.



Source: Eurekalert

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