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Salt And Blood Pressure In Scotland

D. G. Beevers, V. M. Hawthorne and P. L. Padfield
The British Medical Journal
Vol. 281, No. 6241 (Sep. 6, 1980), pp. 641-642
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25441209
Page Count: 2
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Abstract

Dietary salt intake and urinary sodium excretion were compared in normotensive and hypertensive subjects in Renfrew, Scotland. All groups had high 24-hour urinary salt excretions, and hypertensive subjects did not eat or excrete more salt than normotensive subjects. The only significant relations found were a lower sodium excretion in hypertensive women than in normotensive women (p<0·02) and a lower urinary sodium concentration in hypertensive men than in normotensive men (p<0·05). These data provide no support for the hypothesis that dietary salt is a major cause of hypertension.

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