Sodium, Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Disease

The American Heart Association (AHA) Presidential Advisory just released its report on sodium use in patients with cardiovascular disease.  The report was based on experimental and laboratory studies, US population surveys, observational and clinical trials and nutritional adequacy analysis. The evaluation of data was instigated by a recent controversial evidence suggesting removal of previous AHA sodium reduction recommendations.  Based on all the currently available evidence, AHA Presidential Advisory recommends reducing dietary sodium intake to <1500 mg/day in US population. How do you encourage your patients to reduce their dietary sodium intake?

For additional information, please see Circulation.  Image courtesy of thampapon1/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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