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Could salt cause hypertension?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Yes, it's fuel for the fire.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Water retention: Specifically, salt causes your body to retain water. This "extra" water occupies space and makes it more difficult for the blood to move through the body. When this occurs, higher pressure from the heart is needed to move the blood through the body.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Heightened risk of: ...cardiovascular disease, but slashing salt isn't easy. Salt can be found commercially in many foods, even some you wouldn't expect--like bread, bagels, chicken (salt improves shelf-life), cereal. Seriously, read labels.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Salt and BP.: Salt alone will not give you hypertension if you wouldn't have developed it anyway. However, people with high BP will notice higher numbers after ingesting salt.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Salt and HTN: most likely cause of HTN today. Best way to prevent or treat salt HTN is to move to the DASH eating plan. Get this book only ISBN: 0-7434-1007-6 eISBN-13: 978-1-43914-059-8 Start Chap 9 and expect BP to be better in a week if you Do Chap 9 EXACTLY. If if does not go down get back with me.
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Variable: The kidneys control salt in the blood. If there is too much, the kidneys pass it into urine. But when salt intake levels are high, the kidneys cannot keep up and salt ends up in the blood. Salt attracts water. Salt draws more water into the blood. More water increases the volume of blood which raises blood pressure.

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