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Sensitivity to salt emerging as cardiovascular risk factor

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An exaggerated response to too much sodium in the diet may be as dangerous as high blood pressure when it comes to cardiovascular diseases. But researchers are still years away from being able to detect and treat so-called salt sensitivity in everyday practice, […]

American Heart Association statement: commonly used drugs may cause, worsen heart failure

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Commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure, according to the first American Heart Association scientific statement on avoiding drug-drug or drug-condition interactions for people with heart failure.

The statement provides comprehensive information about drugs and “natural” remedies that may have […]

New research raises concerns about high sodium levels in drinking water in Southeast Asia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High sodium intake from foods is linked to high blood pressure, but the health effects of sodium in drinking water has been less clear.

Now, a new study has found that healthy pregnant women in southwest coastal Bangladesh had their blood pressure rise if they drank […]

June 13th, 2016|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Sodium, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New research raises concerns about high sodium levels in drinking water in Southeast Asia

FDA proposes voluntary targets for food producers to lower sodium

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The federal government has proposed voluntary new targets for restaurants and food manufacturers to gradually lower the amount of salt in their products, the latest in a series of significant moves aiming to reduce sodium in the U.S. food supply.

High sodium intake has […]

New York City can now enforce sodium warnings on menus

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New York City health officials can begin enforcing a rule that requires chain restaurants throughout the city to post warnings on all menu items high in sodium, according to a state appellate ruling issued Thursday.

The decision by the state’s Appellate Division, First Department, upholds a […]

Nutrition Facts label gets makeover

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Food and Drug Administration has issued new requirements for the Nutrition Facts label, listing calories in bigger bolder type and inserting a new line for added sugars. Serving sizes were also updated to make them more realistic.

The rules were issued on Friday and first […]

Nestlé promises to lower sodium in products

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The world’s largest food and beverage company is speeding up its efforts to reduce the amount of sodium in its products, which include popular brands such as Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine and Gerber.

Currently, less than half of Nestlé’s foods fit into a dietary pattern of […]

May 5th, 2016|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Sodium|Tags: , |Comments Off on Nestlé promises to lower sodium in products

Hold the salt – at least for now

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New York City and the National Restaurant Association are waiting it out to see who will emerge victorious in the latest legal battle over warnings on high-sodium menu items.

Under a law approved unanimously last September by the city’s Board of Health, chain restaurants must put […]

April 25th, 2016|Categories: Healthy Living, Nutrition, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Hold the salt – at least for now

Food giant Mars to lower sodium, urges FDA to issue guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Uncle Ben is trying to look out for your health.

Last week, Mars Food, which makes the popular brand of Uncle Ben’s rice products, pledged to lower the sodium content in its processed foods by an average of 20 percent by 2021. It also called on […]

April 18th, 2016|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, Sodium|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Food giant Mars to lower sodium, urges FDA to issue guidelines

Nations to screen 3 million for high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure poses a global health threat, affecting nearly a billion people. Even in a developed nation like the United States, where roughly 80 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, only slightly more than half have it under control.

World Hypertension Day is May […]

April 18th, 2016|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, Sodium, Stroke|Tags: , |Comments Off on Nations to screen 3 million for high blood pressure