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Benefit of low-salt diet for heart failure uncertain

Although many doctors advise heart failure patients to follow a low-salt diet to help minimize complications, a new study suggests there isn’t much high-quality evidence to support this recommendation. “We still do not have a clear understanding of the mechanisms that may link salt intake with heart failure,” said lead study author Dr. Kamal Mahtani of the University of Oxford in the UK. But the results still don’t mean doctors and patients should abandon recommendations to cut back on salt, said Dr. Clyde Yancy of the…