Drinking the right amount of water every day is essential to keeping our hearts healthy. Let’s see why together.
Stay well hydrated it is a daily habit unfortunately largely underestimated. Drinking the amount of water necessary for the proper functioning of our body provides many advantages for our health, because it helps us eliminate toxins and waste, normalizes body temperature, detoxifies and purifies the body, facilitates the transport of food to cells and facilitates digestion. (Also read: Do you really know how many glasses of water you should drink per day based on your age?)
A recent study suggests that being well hydrated is associated with a reduced risk of developingcardiac arrest. Drinking adequate amounts of fluids over a lifetime not only supports essential bodily functioning, it can also reduce the risk of serious heart problems in the future. Let’s explore the study in more detail.
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Heart failure is a chronic disease that develops when the heart does not pump enough blood for the body’s needs and is most common in adults aged 65 and over. Natalia Dmitrieva, one of the researchers of the study published in the European journal of the hearthe stated :
Similar to reducing salt intake, drinking enough water and staying hydrated are ways to keep our heart healthy and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
After conducting studies suggesting links between dehydration and cardiac fibrosis, a hardening of the heart muscles, researchers have looked for similar associations in large-scale population studies. They then analyzed data from more than 15,000 adults aged 45 to 66 who had not suffered from diabetes, obesity or heart failure over a 25-year period.
The I serum sodium level, which increase as fluid levels in the body decrease, which also helped identify participants at higher risk of developing heart failure. Adults whose serum sodium level was above 143 milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L)when a normal range is 135-146 mEq/L, they had a risk greater than 39% develop heart failure than those with lower levels. In a cohort of approximately 5,000 adults between the ages of 70 and 90, those with serum sodium levels between 142.5 and 143 mEq/L had the 62% more probability of developing left ventricular hypertrophy. Levels starting at 143 mEq/L were correlated with increased risk 102% left ventricular hypertrophy and an increased risk 54% cardiac arrest.
Based on these data, the authors conclude that serum sodium levels greater than 142 mEq/L in middle age, they are associated with increased risks of developing left ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure later in life.
Further studies will be needed to confirm these preliminary results, the researchers said. However, these first hypotheses suggest that good hydration may help prevent or slow the progression of changes in the heart that can lead to heart failure.
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Source: European journal of the heart
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