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Q: Is Salt Really Bad for Heart Health?

A: When it comes to heart and vascular health, nearly everyone can benefit by avoiding excessive salt intake.

Studies have long linked high salt diets to greater risk of high blood pressure, itself a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. But new research shows that:

  • Higher salt diets are linked to higher rates of strokes and cardiovascular events (heart attacks)—even among people with normal blood pressure, higher salt intakes increased disease risk.
  • The relationship between salt and risk of strokes and cardiovascular events is dose-dependent: the more salt a person eats, the higher his or her risk of these diseases.
  • For a 5-gram per day difference in typical salt intake, there is a 23% increased rate of stroke and a 17% increased rate of cardiovascular events. For example, a group of people eating an average of 10 grams of salt per day will have 23% more cases of stroke and 17% more cardiovascular events compared with a group eating 5 grams of salt per day. Five grams of salt are equivalent to 2 grams of sodium (the other 3 grams consist of chloride).

At the population level, a reduction in daily salt intake from 10 grams per day to 5 grams per day could lead to 1.25 million fewer deaths from stroke and approximately three million fewer deaths from cardiovascular disease worldwide.


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