Recognizing the signs of a heart attack and getting medical attention quickly following an attack can be critical to your health. Almost one in every four deaths — some 600,000 each year — is caused by heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the leading cause of death in the United States.
Your doctor might often be telling you to decrease your sodium intake, and with good reason — too much salt can lead to countless health problems. But for a number of reasons, including budgetary concerns and a smaller household (requiring meals for one or two people at most), many older adults rely on takeout or processed foods that can be especially high in sodium. The impulse is understandable, as these meals are usually much easier to come by. If that sounds like you, however, it might be time to reconsider your meal planning strategies in light of potential side effects.