Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Saving Lives - 5% of a Teaspoon at a Time?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among U.S. adults. High blood pressure is a major factor in nearly half of these deaths.

One thing that can increase risk for high blood pressure is high sodium intake. Studies have shown that higher sodium intake is positively associated with elevated blood pressure.

Sodium intake and high blood pressure are so tightly linked that an estimated 280,000 to 500,000 deaths could be prevented over the next 10 years if gradual reductions in sodium intake—averaging a reduction of about 5% of a teaspoon of salt per person per day—can be achieved each year. Read the one-pager describing these estimates here.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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