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Why is sodium or salt bad for high blood pressure?

Emilia Klapp
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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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Hypertension

Hypertension

Clinically known as hypertension, high blood pressure can cause a host of problems if left untreated. The most common type of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure causes our hearts to work harder by forcing blood to push ag...

ainst the walls of our arteries at an elevated level. Hypertension is the leading cause of strokes and heart attack. It also increases your risk of having heart and kidney failure and hardening of the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis.
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