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Latest salt and cardiovascular disease Stories

2013-09-09 08:47:33

Chloride is independent indicator of mortality in hypertensive patients 'Eat less salt' is a mantra of our health-conscious times and is seen as an important step in reducing heart disease and hypertension. Too much salt in the diet – and specifically sodium – is widely acknowledged as a major risk factor for high blood pressure however, scientists have found that salt's other oft-overlooked constituent chloride might also play an important role. A study by researchers at the...

Lower Sodium Intake May Not Be Healthiest Option
2013-05-15 11:23:21

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most studies that examine the link between sodium consumption and health outcomes support recommendations that lower sodium intake is necessary to combat serious health risks such as heart disease and stroke. However, new evidence from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggests that lowering sodium intake to below 2,300mg per day could also lead to adverse health effects. On average, Americans today consume more than 3,400 mg of...

More Potassium, Less Salt In Diet Increases Health Benefits
2013-04-05 14:15:48

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Three new coordinated reviews have concluded one thing: Taking in less salt and more potassium reduces the risk of stroke and could make you live longer. These studies found that reducing the amount of salt in a diet can lower blood pressure, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, an increase in potassium can also help heart functions without adversely effecting kidney functions or hormone levels....

2013-03-22 15:13:48

American Heart Association Meeting report Eating too much salt contributed to 2.3 million deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related diseases throughout the world in 2010, representing 15 percent of all deaths due to these causes, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions. The researchers analyzed 247 surveys of adult sodium intake, stratified by...

Sodium Reduction Could Save Half Million US Lives Over Ten Years
2013-02-12 07:33:35

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It´s common knowledge too much sodium in your diet dangerously raises your blood pressure levels, posing serious harm to your heart and overall health. But with so many foods loaded with salt, it is often difficult limiting the amount of the dangerous chemical in your diet. But all the same, it is important to find ways to cut back now before it´s too late. The American Heart Association (AHA) has been at the forefront...

2012-09-19 16:04:37

Significant improvement in blood pressure tied to greater adherence to DASH diet, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which promotes consumption of more fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grain, and less meats and sweets, is a proven effective treatment for hypertension. For some individuals, adherence to the diet can be just as effective in lowering blood pressure as taking antihypertensive...