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Heart Attack Recovery – Salt Intake Limits

Our primary care physician told us today that generally, my husband (a heart attack survivor), should not consume more than 2000 mg of sodium/day. Here’s a web page stating that 1 teaspoon of salt contains 2000 mg of sodium:

Sodium levels in salt. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that healthy adults reduce their sodium intake to no more than 2,400 milligrams per day. This is about 1 and 1/4 teaspoon of sodium chloride (salt).

They further recommend that if you have heart failure, you reduce your sodium to 2000 mg. Some doctors advise PAH patients to follow the AHA guidelines. Listings of the sodium content of various foods and other guidelines can be found on the AHA’s website (

1/4 teaspoon salt = 500 mg sodium
1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,000 mg sodium
3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,500 mg sodium
1 teaspoon salt = 2,000 mg sodium
1 tsp baking soda = 1,000 mg sodium