... much can I have? Seeing cardio Dr on Monday for possible congestive heart failure
Yes, keep it to about 1500-2000 ml (or 1.5 to 2 liter) in a 24 hour period. Dont forget to count soups, jello, and other beverages with high water content. Also limit your sodium (salt) intake. Sodium causes water retention. Learn to read labels and keep it under 1.5-2 grams per day. Look for sneaky sources like soft drinks, especially sports drinks and Gatorade are very high in sodium but even some soda pops can be high. Watch condiments like catsup and mustard can have a lot of sodium, cheeses, especially American cheese is high sodium, lunch meat, canned goods and frozen prepared foods are best left alone because they have lots of sodium. Another thing is to weigh yourself every day! A 3lb weight gain over night, or a 5lb weight gain in a week is water retention, not fat. If you see this happen, call your doc to adjust your diuretic.
Weighing yourself daily will keep you out of the hospital with heart failure exacerbations because you will catch water retention before it congests the heart and lungs. Watching your feet and ankles for swelling can help to but weight is your best indicator. That weight gain can creep up long before it begins to show as edema (swelling).
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