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Hypertension

Why is sodium or salt bad for high blood pressure?

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  • AEmilia Klapp, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Salt or sodium is a problem because when we eat a lot of salt, we retain a large volume of water in our blood vessels. The heart has to work harder to move this volume of water, increasing our blood pressure. In addition, salt increases the stiffness and thickness of the arteries, increasing the severity of heart attacks and the incidence of strokes.
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