Hydration of the body can reduce the development of heart failure

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Hydrating the body in the right amount and quality throughout life can reduce the risk of developing heart failure, according to researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood, who will present their results at this year’s congress of the European Society of Cardiology.

“Our research indicates that maintaining good hydration can prevent, or at least prevent it can slow down the changes in the heart that cause heart failure. Our results indicate that pay attention to the amount of fluid consumed per day, and immediate action is required if we consume few fluids, ”quoted Natalia Dmitriova, lead author of the study at the Phys.org science-knowledge news portal.

The human body needs an average of 1.6-2.1 liters of fluid per day for women and 2-3 liters for men. But surveys around the world show that many people do not even consume the minimum recommended amount of fluid. Serum sodium ion is an accurate measure of the body’s hydration: when people consume little fluid, the serum sodium ion concentration in the blood increases. THE this is because the body then retains water, activating a process that is well known to lead to heart failure.

The researchers looked at whether serum sodium ion concentration as a measure of hydration indicated the development of heart failure 25 years later in middle-aged people, involving more than 15,000 people. The relationship between hydration and left ventricular hypertrophy, a thickening of the ventricular wall, was also studied. which is a sign of a diagnosis of heart failure. Participants were 44-66 years old at the beginning of the study and 70-90 years old at the end of the study.

It has been shown that higher serum sodium ion concentrations in middle-aged people are associated with both heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy 25 years later. An increase of 1 mmol per liter in serum sodium ion concentration in middle-aged adults increased the incidence of left ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure by 25 and 1.11, respectively, 25 years later.

The risk of both began to increase at 70-90 years of age when serum sodium concentrations exceeded 142 mmol / liter in the Middle Ages.

Source: Patika Magazin Online by www.patikamagazin.hu.

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