High Salt Intake Boosts Stroke, CVD Risk

Heartwire/Prevention/Susan Jeffrey
November 25, 2009 — Naples, Italy — a new meta-analysis confirms that high salt intake is associated with increased risks of stroke and total cardiovascular disease.

The pooled relative risk showed that an average difference of about 5 g of salt per day was associated with a 23% increased risk of stroke, the researchers report and a 17% increase of CVD risk. The average habiltual salt intake in most Western countries is 10 g per day, double the level currently recommended by the World Health Organization.

The study was published online November 24, 2009 in the British Medical Journal.

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