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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.


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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