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A nurse is caring for a patient with congestive heart failure (CHF) on the cardiac telemetry floor. The nurse knows the plan of care for the patient should include which of the following? 

Explanation

•People with congestive heart failure (CHF) have difficulty with fluid volume excess causing edema (swelling) and shortness of breath.

•Water follows sodium, so these patients will be on a low sodium diet to help prevent excess fluid accumulation.

•Fluid intake will be restricted in these patients so that the diuretics used to expel excess fluid will be more effective.

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