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Salt restriction, a sceptic's viewpoint.
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PMID:  1921247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the light of the proposal that dietary salt intake should be reduced as a community health care measure designed to lower blood pressure and consequently mortality and morbidity from stroke and heart disease, the evidence that there is a link between salt intake and blood pressure is reviewed. In addition the effects of salt restriction on mild hypertension are surveyed as is the feasibility of sustaining a community-based campaign to reduce salt intake. It is concluded that whilst it would be possible to mount a concerted health care programme directed towards lowering the salt intake of the general population the benefits in terms of blood pressure would be extremely small. The impact on stroke and heart disease is unknown and possible adverse effects have not been examined.
A M Heagerty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Klinische Wochenschrift     Volume:  69 Suppl 25     ISSN:  0023-2173     ISO Abbreviation:  Klin. Wochenschr.     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-11-21     Completed Date:  1991-11-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985205R     Medline TA:  Klin Wochenschr     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  26-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, University of Leicester School of Medicine, Leicester Royal Infirmary, U.K.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / drug effects*
Cerebrovascular Disorders / prevention & control
Diet, Sodium-Restricted* / adverse effects
Health Education
Heart Diseases / prevention & control
Hypertension / prevention & control
Sodium, Dietary / adverse effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Sodium, Dietary

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