Salt reduction lowers cardiovascular risk: meta-analysis of outcome trials

Source: The Lancet, 2011, 378 (9789) p. 380-382

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Commentary

In a nutshell: A recent Cochrane review stated that cutting down on salt had no clear benefits in terms of cardiovascular disease. A commentary and re-analysis of data in the Lancet contradicts these findings, arguing that new analysis of the same data shows a significant reduction in cardiovascular events: stroke and heart attacks by 20% with a reduction of only 2g of salt a day. The National Heart Forum has also published a position statement on the Cochrane Review.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Acknowledgements: The Cochrane Library and the National Heart Forum


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