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Cardio-Vascular Diet

Combat Strokes and Heart Attacks by Reducing Salt Intake

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Posted on Feb 01, 2010, 6 a.m.

UCSF (US) researchers estimate that slashing daily salt intake by 3 grams a day may prevent 32,000 strokes and 54,000 heart attacks in the United States annually.

Many Americans and citizens of Western countries consume an average of about 10 grams of salt a day, nearly double the recommended daily intake as per the World Health Organization (WHO).  Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, from University of California-San Francisco  (UCSF; California, USA), and colleagues completed a computer simulation of heart disease among American adults ages 35 to 84 years, finding that slashing daily salt intake by 3 grams a day may prevent 32,000 strokes and 54,000 heart attacks a year.  Additionally, the team suggests that a mere 1 gram per day reduction in salt over the next decade may serve as a cost-effective strategy for treating hypertension. The researchers submit that: “Modest reductions in dietary salt could substantially reduce cardiovascular events and medical costs and should be a public health target.”

Bibbins-Domingo K, Chertow GM, Coxson PG, Moran A, Lightwood JM, Pletcher MJ, Goldman L.  “Projected Effect of Dietary Salt Reductions on Future Cardiovascular Disease.”  New England J Med. January 20, 2010; doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa0907355.

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