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A 37-year-old female asked about a 36-year-old male:

For someone who on average has a blood pressure of 150/88, does it have a major impact on life expectancy, stroke, heart attack/disease? if so, how soon does it start impacting the body? what would the rda be for sodium intake for someone like this?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
2 g sodium; controve: The BP "threshhold" for treatment controversially shifted in recent years. It depends on your age & other health conditions that you have, or that run in your family. In general, high BP (hypertension) takes its toll over years or decades, but often goes undiagnosed for that time. It is called the "silent killer," as it leads to kidney / heart damage, mini-strokes, then death. Talk to your doctor.
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Moderate: Statistically it has a deleterious effect on life expectancy and the morbidities you mentioned. It is dependent on other risk factors and lifestyle and family history. There are patients who live to an old age with elevated blood pressures. Salt has been shown to be less and less of a factor when it comes to elevated blood pressure. I can't give you a number because the data is just weak on that.

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