Salt Talks — Waging War Against the Next Public Enemy

Salt restriction has been on the public health back burner for some time and has now emerged as an important public effort, largely due to 2 major 2010 studies reported by Medscape News – one published in The New England Journal of Medicine and the other from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Salt has long been a subject of great debate, with prosalt experts arguing that reduction is necessary only in those who are sensitive to its effects and that restriction at large could have harmful, unintended consequences, particularly within certain populations. No one wants to ban saltshakers; however, 75% of salt intake in developed countries comes from sodium added by the food industry. It is certainly reasonable, then, to encourage or even require sodium reduction in commercially processed foods.

The following is a Medscape special collection that provides in-depth information on this challenging and controversial subject.

Experts Speak Out on Salt

  • Aug 12 2022 This Week in Cardiology   AF screening; sodium, potassium, BP, and CV outcomes; drug prices; and cardio-respiratory fitness are the topics John Mandrola, MD, covers in this week’s podcast.
  • Jul 22 2022 This Week in Cardiology   Therapeutic fashion and conduction system pacing, early rhythm control in AF, statins in CKD, and salt intake in HF are the topics discussed by John Mandrola, MD, in this week’s podcast.
  • Why Iodized Salt Is Important for You and Your Thyroid Lack of iodine can lead to thyroid deficiency disorders. Dr Elizabeth Pearce discusses iodized salt, its importance, and how to increase iodine intake.
  • ACC 2022 SODIUM-HF Simplifies Message to Patients on Diet   Drs Ileana Piña and Justin Ezekowitz discuss results from the SODIUM-HF trial, which investigated the effects of a pragmatic intervention to reduce dietary sodium intake in patients with heart failure.
  • ACC 2022 Sodium Restriction in Heart Failure: Another Dogma Felled If you still think that strict sodium limits are worthwhile in patients with heart failure, the onus is on you to prove it. They have enough to deal with, writes John Mandrola, MD.
 

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