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Medical Edge: Salt Study

Updated: Friday, October 24 2014, 01:51 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new report says you might want to be careful about adding salt to your Easter dinner this weekend.
If you are looking to lower your risk of hardening of the arteries, even if you have normal blood pressure, it may be helpful to cut back on salt.  We stopped out at the TriHealth Samaritan OB-GYN practice to tell you more.

It is published in the Journal Atherosclerosis.  Researchers in this study took a closer look at 25 overweight or obese people.  They had them eat more sodium for six weeks, and then lower it for six weeks.  At the end of the study they could measure better blood flow when the salt was down, which is an indicator for lower risk for hardening of the arteries.
Not clear why salt makes a difference but over a lifetime, even reducing added salt might help keep those arteries from stiffening.  Stiffening raises the risk of having a heart attack.

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