[The influence of salt intake on hypertension]

Bock, Andreas. (2009) [The influence of salt intake on hypertension]. Therapeutische Umschau, Vol. 66, H. 11. pp. 721-724.

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The renal pressure-natriuresis-curve determines the long term level of arterial blood pressure. Every known (acquired or genetic) cause of hypertension can be explained by an alteration of this curve. Reduction of salt intake therefore represents an effective tool for lowering arterial blood pressure. With respect to public health, a lower salt content in processed food would be a highly efficient and cost effective intervention for the reduction of cardiovascular mortality (opposed by the food industry). Reducing salt intake to below 100 mmol/day (6 g NaCl) lowers blood pressure and strengthens the potential of almost all antihypertensive medication. Reduction of salt intake can, in many cases, be achieved by avoiding adding salt to daily food, in other cases specialized diet counselling is necessary. Reduction of salt intake attenuates thirst, which can be in contradiction with the (unjustified) recommendation to drink 2-3 litres of water per day.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Nephrologie
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Nephrologie
UniBasel Contributors:Bock, H. Andreas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Further Journal Contribution
Publisher:Hans Huber
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal item
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