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How can I get rid of fluid retention?
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How can I get rid of fluid retention?

I've noticed that since I've had Cardiomyopathy I have been retaining lots of fluid in my feet and abdominal area. I feel it at night when I sleep and it literally hurts my kidneys. Not sure if its related to the Cardiomyopathy because I'm not in heart failure. How can I reduce this or get rid of the extra fluid naturally? Wouldn't drinking more water help?
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Retaining fluid is a common consequence of heart failure from a cardiomyopathy. You should discuss this with your doctor as they will likely prescribe or go up on your diuretic medication (fluid pills) to try to treat the fluid retention. The best thing you can do is try to dramatically decrease the amount of sodium that you take in on a daily basis. Dietary sodium often worsens fluid retention. Fluid restriction can by helpful though I would discuss this with your doctor as you do not want to restrict too much and cause dehydration. We often recommend patients restrict fluid to 1.5 to 2L per day if they have issues with fluid restriction. I hope this helps.
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