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April 19, 2000

Sodium Intake as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(15):1957-1958. doi:10.1001/jama.283.15.1957

To the Editor: The large, prospective cohort study by Dr He and colleagues1 is the first to document the presence of a positive and independent relationship between dietary sodium intake and CVD, especially stroke. We have shown in a retrospective study2 that patients with essential hypertension whose sodium sensitivity is high have a strong risk of cardiovascular events, especially stroke, independent of other risk factors.

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