Reductions in Cardiovascular Disease Projected from Modest Reductions in Dietary Salt

Reductions in Cardiovascular Disease Projected from Modest Reductions in Dietary Salt
Bibbins-Domingo et al, N Engl J Med. 2010 February 18; 362(7): 590–599

This article describes the use of the Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Policy Model, a computer-simulation, state-transition model of CHD incidence, prevalence, mortality, and costs, to quantify the benefits of a US population-wide reduction in dietary salt intake. The authors found that the cardiovascular benefits from reducing salt by 3 gm/day were similar to benefits from reductions of tobacco, obesity, or cholesterol. The authors concluded that reductions in dietary salt should be a public health target.