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Can J Cardiol. 2014 May;30(5):502-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2014.02.005. Epub 2014 Feb 16.

Dietary salt is a public health hazard that requires vigorous attack.

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The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Electronic address:


High blood pressure is the leading cause of premature mortality worldwide. Reducing salt intake lowers blood pressure and blood pressure-lowering reduces vascular disease. There is a very high likelihood that reducing dietary salt intake will prevent vascular disease and no evidence to suggest it will cause harm. With average population salt consumption levels typically 5-10 times greater than physiological requirements, even moderately effective community-wide salt reduction programs offer the potential for very large health gains. This opportunity has been recognized and adopted by the World Health Organization as a priority action to combat chronic diseases.

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