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Salt and blood pressure

In the developed world, more deaths are associated with high blood pressure than with smoking - and salt is a major contributor. 

Experts say that a high salt intake can be a major factor in high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of a heart attack and stroke.

Find lots of helpful information about salt's impact on blood pressure on the American Heart Association website 

Salt and hypertension

According to WASH (World Action On Salt & Health) anyone can have high blood pressure, which is one of the main causes of stroke, heart disease and a range of other issues. High blood pressure or hypertension affects one in three British adult population but because the condition is usually symptomless most people have no idea they are at risk until it is too late. Find out more on the WASH website.

Top tips for health

American Heart Association tips lower your blood pressure:

  • Eat less salt
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Get more active