Quick Tips

To help you decrease your salt intake:

  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Choose fresh meats, poultry, fish, dry and fresh beans, eggs, milk and yogurt.
  • Choose Plain rice, pasta and oatmeal.
  • Season with herbs, spices, vinegars and fruit juices.
  • Read food labels before you buy packaged food. Make sure each serving has less than 350 milligrams of sodium.

Click here for more information on how to cut back on your sodium intake.


Inotrope (Cardiology) Therapies

The treatment of chronic congestive heart failure (CCHF) patients is complex. That’s why choosing a home infusion provider experienced with this population is essential. Coram offers a program focused specifically on the delivery of home inotropic IV therapy, supporting overall improvement in quality of life while servicing patients in an alternate setting, away from the hospital.

From inotropic and anti-infective therapies to transplant services — including bridge-to-transplant, bridge-to-recovery, and palliative care — Coram's comprehensive cardiology services provide home care for patients with heart failure, endocarditis and transplant needs. Our goal is to provide complete symptom care and therapies to support comfort while the patient remains at home.

Therapies provided include:

  • Inotropic therapies: milrinone, dobutamine, dopamine
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Anti-infective therapies
  • Nutrition support: parenteral (IV) and enteral (tube feeding)
  • Transplant services

Nutrition in Cardiology

If you have heart failure, nutrition is an important consideration. In fact, heart failure patients are often placed on special diets to help manage their symptoms and reduce the workload on the heart. Many are advised to reduce their salt intake.

Salt and Heart Failure

If you have heart failure, and eat too much salt or drink too much fluid, your body's total amount of water will increase and your heart will have to work harder. This could worsen your heart failure symptoms and cause an increase in your blood pressure. If you notice swelling in your hands and feet, this could be a symptom that your body is holding too much water. Taking in less salt may help. Your doctor may suggest a low-sodium (low-salt) diet, one of the most common diets recommended for heart failure patients.

Cardiac Cachexia

Some patients with heart failure experience something called cardiac cachexia, a condition that can cause loss of appetite, weight and muscle strength. To treat cachexia, your cardiac care team may prescribe oral nutrition supplements, tube feedings, or, in very rare cases, IV (parenteral) nutrition.

To learn more about Coram's cardiology services, contact us.



  • 98.2% of Coram’s cardiac patients are satisfied with the overall care they receive from Coram.*
  • Coram's 30-day heart failure readmission rate is less than 15.9%****


* Press Ganey, Inc., 2015
** Coram outcomes data, 2015 (1/1/15-12/31/15)



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