A cardiac client develops increasing pedal edema. What diet modification is most important to give instruction to this client?

Limit salt and fluid intake

Explanation

•Clients with stage A cardiac disorders should be taught to focus on eliminating risk factors by initiating therapeutic lifestyle changes.

•Limiting salt and fluid intake is correct because this will help in reducing fluid buildup, pedal edema, and excess body water to decrease ventricular (preload) pressures.

•The other choices will have little effect on ventricular preload.

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