Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. “Reducing salt can lower blood pressure and also lower the risk of heart disease,” Jackson said.
Jackson said that about 70 million American adults have high blood pressure and only half have it under control. Heart disease, stroke and other heart-related diseases kill more than 800,000 Americans each year and cost nearly $320 billion a year in health care and lost productivity, she added.
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