Switching to salt substitute decreased stroke risk by 14%


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Switching from regular salt to a salt substitute reduced the risk for stroke, major CV events and death in a large trial of adults in rural China with a history of stroke or high risk for stroke.


Among nearly 21,000 adults and over a mean follow-up of 4.74 years, the rate of stroke was 14% lower with use of a salt substitute compared with regular salt (29.14 vs. 33.65 events per 1,000 person-years; RR = 0.85; 95% CI, 0.77-0.96; P = .006).


Results of the Salt Substitute and Stroke Study (SaSS) were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress and simultaneously published in The New England Journal of Medicine.


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