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Benefits of Cutting Down on Salt Quantified

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Cutting daily salt intake by 3 grams a day — about 30% of the current average — could prevent 32,000 strokes and 54,000 myocardial infarctions a year, if a computer model developed by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco accurately depicts the clinical impact of salt reduction.

The results of the analysis, which used a computer simulation of heart disease in U.S. adults ages 35 to 84, also suggest that even a 1 gram per day reduction in salt over the next decade would be a more cost-effective strategy for treating hypertension than use of even the cheapest antihypertensive, wrote Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, and colleagues in a paper published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Medpage Today; January 20, 2010

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February 1, 2010 at 1:25 am

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