High dietary salt is one of the major global health risks estimated to have caused over 3 million premature deaths, 61 million years of disability (DALYs) and 57 million years of life lost in 2010. Over 300 million people are estimated to have hypertension caused by high dietary salt. Apart from hypertension, high salt intake is associated with gastric cancer, recurrent kidney stones, osteoporosis, obesity, and kidney, heart and blood vessel damage. Adults should eat less than 5 g of salt (2000 mg sodium) a day. The WHO has indicated reducing dietary salt is a best way to to improve health.
The Journal of Clinical Hypertension is the official journal of the World Hypertension League and has free access globally to help disseminate high quality clinical and scientific knowledge. The journal is a highly cited peer-reviewed, monthly publication serving clinicians and researchers. There is an app for the Journal of Clinical Hypertension that can be downloaded from the JCH Page.
The 4th World Hypertension Congress (WHC2017) was held on 21-25 September 2017 in Shanghai, China, in collaboration with the 19th International Symposium on Hypertension and Related Diseases and 2017 Chinese Hypertension Meeting. Full conference details will be posted in the WHL newsletter and website.
The Global Hearts Initiative from the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to scale up prevention and control of cardiovascular disease, especially in developing countries. Heart attacks and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death.