High salt intake hikes stroke risk

11:08am, February 14, 2005

From New Orleans, at a meeting of the American Stroke Association

People who consume a lot of salt are nearly twice as likely to experience a clot-based stroke as are people who consume a modest amount—even when their blood pressure readings are comparable, a study of New York City residents shows.

Armistead D. Williams, a physician at Columbia University Medical Center, and his colleagues asked 3,183 people to fill out questionnaires about their eating habits and lifestyles. The researchers then tracked the health of the respondents for more than 5 years.

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