Hamza Khan, Sultan Zafar Akhtar.
Effect of low salt intake on blood pressure in hypertensive patients. a study of 100 patients.
Med Channel Jan ;13(2):14-6.
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of low salt intake on Blood pressure in hypertensive patients. DESIGN: Prospective analytical study PLACE & DURATION: Department of Medicine KTH & Nephrology unit LRH SUBJECTS & METHODS: A total of 100 patients having established hypertension, cause un- known. RESULTS: The dose response between salt reduction and fall in blood pressure in hypertensive patients was studied. There is a consistent dose response to salt reduction within the range of 12 grams/day to 6 grams /day. A reduction of 3 grams /day; predicts a fall in BP of 22.6 mmHg (both systolic & diastolic) in hypertensive. The effect was doubled with 6 grams reduction. CONCLUSION: This study concludes a link between salt intake and blood pressure, which is over whelming. There is a consistent dose response to salt reduction within the range of 12 to 6 grams per day.
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