Controlling the intake of fluid may be important for some patients with heart failure.
Water and salt retention leads to an increased amount of fluid in the blood. Your heart has to work harder to push this increased amount of blood around your body. The excess fluid may be pushed into your lungs making it harder to breathe, into the abdomen making it more difficult to eat and digest food, or into your lower legs.
You may be prescribed tablets such as diuretics to help you get rid of any extra fluid. However, you should take care not to replace this water through drinking extra fluids. Your doctor or nurse may recommend an amount that you should be drinking every day.
If you are advised to reduce the amount of fluid you drink, here are some helpful suggestions: