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Does sodium intake affect copd?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
No: Unless you are taking steroids, it might exacerbate water retention.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Early No/late maybe: End stage COPD may cause cor pulmonale of CHF secondary to copd. The CHF gets decompnsated with sodium and fluid intake.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Not directly: Sodium intake usually affects hypertension. If blood pressure is not controlled, that may make breathing harder, not directly related to copd. If the COPD patient has carbon dioxide retention they should limit their carbohydrate intake.

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