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Reducing salt intake 'may not cut heart attack risk'

New research has suggested that cutting back on salt consumption may do little to reduce the likelihood of suffering heart attacks or stroke, but can help to marginally diminish blood pressure.

According to the Press Association, a study published in the Cochrane Library this week examined data from 6,489 people who had made a conscious effort to eat less salt, but indicated they were no less likely to develop cardiovascular problems.

"We believe that we didn't see big benefits in this study because the people in the trials we analysed only reduced their salt intake by a moderate amount, so the effect ... was not large," said the University of Exeter's Professor Rod Taylor.

However, there is still a broader consensus that lowering salt intake can benefit individuals with both normal and high blood pressure. The National Institute for Clinical Studies is aiming to cut maximum daily salt consumption by 2015.

The report came after a separate probe in the British Medical Journal established a link between sedentary lifestyles and pulmonary embolism, although authors were quick to stress the risk remained relatively low.

 

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