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A low salt diet may help resistant blood pressure

People who have resistant high blood pressure (uncontrolled high blood pressure despite taking many blood pressure lowering drugs) may be able to lower their blood pressure by a low salt diet.

The small study was released at the American Heart Association’s 62nd Annual Conference in Atlanta.

The low salt study

Researchers studied 13 patients with resistant high blood pressure and randomly placed them on a high or low salt diet. These patients were all taking at least three blood pressure medications.

The researchers found that patients on the low salt diet had a systolic blood pressure drop of 22.6 mm Hg, and their diastolic blood pressure dropped by 9.2 mm Hg, compared with people on the high-salt diet.

Researchers comments

Researcher Dr. Pimenta from the Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology, Brazil said, “A high-salt diet contributes importantly to treatment-resistant hypertension. Patients with resistant hypertension, in spite of three or more anti hypertensive drugs, are specially salt-sensitive.”

Dr Pimenta also said, “The blood pressure reduction achieved with low-salt diet was higher than some anti hypertensive drugs.”

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