CV Event Risk Linked to Sodium Excretion

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Analyses of two cohorts totaling 28,880 individuals showed that baseline urinary sodium excretion above 7 g/day was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) events compared with baseline excretion of 4-5.99 g/day.

In addition, sodium excretion below 3 g/day was associated with an increased risk of CV mortality and hospitalization for congestive heart failure.

Higher estimated urinary potassium excretion was associated with a reduced risk of stroke, investigators reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2011;306:2229-2238).

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