Understanding the relationship between salt intake and hypertension
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Understanding the relationship between salt intake and hypertension

Sara Patience Independent health visitor and registered nutritionist, Sutton, Surrey

Hypertension is a public health problem that contributes significantly to the non-communicable disease burden. A review of the epidemiological literature demonstrates that the relationship between salt and hypertension is unequivocal. The Department of Health has reported some success promoting awareness of the need to reduce salt consumption, but more work needs to be done in this area.

Nursing Standard. 27, 18,45-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.01.27.18.45.c9487

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Accepted: 28 September 2012

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