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Heart Failure and Water Intake. How much water in a day?
Hello,
My father was diagnosed with CHF but the doctor didn't say anything about restricting water intake, but to be honest, he didn't say much about anything.
I've been doing some research since my Dad keeps getting worse and I've found that because of fluid build up is best to restrict water intake somewhat?
he drinks about 3 liters of water a day, how much should he decrease it to?
He weighs about 220lb.
Thanks for your help.
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Good question.  

It seems although many people with CHF failure take diuretics to aid in the elimination of excess fluid, the action of these medications can be overwhelmed by an excess intake of water and other fluids.

My research indicates the maxim that "drinking eight glasses of water a day is healthy" certainly does not apply to patients with congestive heart failure. In fact, patients with more advanced cases of congestive heart failure are often advised to limit their total daily fluid intake from all sources to 2 quarts (l.9 liters). The above guidelines for sodium and fluid intake may vary depending on the severity of congestive heart failure in any given individual and should be discussed with their physician to advise that would be appropriate for your father if conditions warrant more or less...1.9 liters is recommended.
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