Salt Substitute Could Prevent Thousands Of Heart Attacks And Strokes

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Salt Substitute Could Prevent Thousands Of Heart Attacks And Strokes
Salt Substitute Could Prevent Thousands Of Heart Attacks And Strokes

Study of rural China’s 20,995 participants involved those who had suffered from strokes or were over 60 with high blood pressure.

New research suggests that thousands of heart attacks and strokes could be avoided annually in the UK by replacing salt with a common substitute.

Study of rural China’s 20,995 participants involved those who had suffered from strokes or were over 60 with high blood pressure.

Participants either consumed a salt substitute (75% sodium and 25% potassium chloride by weight) or continued to eat regular salt (100% sodium).

According to the New England Journal of Medicine findings, there were 29.14 stroke events per 1,000 patient-years for people who took the substitute, compared with 33.65 for those who ate regular salt.

Heart attacks were more common among people who ate the substitute than those who ate salt. There were 56.29 events per 1,000 persons-years for salt-eaters.

The rates of death in substitute-consumers and salt-takers was 39.28 events and 44.61 events, respectively.

Researchers concluded that stroke rates, major cardiovascular events and death due to any cause were lower in those with a history of stroke (or 60+) than with regular salt.

The study was led by Professor Bruce Neal of the George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, who said that if you replaced all salt in the UK’s supermarket shelves with salt substitutes, it would save thousands of heart attacks and strokes every year.

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