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Sodium added to almost everything processed, yet experts say to cut back

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Robert Zacher's breathing became progressively more difficult over several days. Finally, he had trouble even catching his breath and began to feel faint.

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He took an ambulance ride to the emergency room, where a doctor immediately put him on diuretics, medication to eliminate excess water from his system.

The diagnosis: Too much sodium - that's salt - in his diet caused fluid to accumulate in his body, making his lower legs swell and causing his lungs to fill with fluid.

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