Primarna prevencija hipertenzije
Epidemiologic studies have shown that blood pressure increases with age only if accompanied by excessive salt intake.
Correlation has also been proved with coronary heart disease, left ventricle hypertrophy, stroke, and microalbuminuria. From clinical and public health points of view, the data obtained in interventional primarna prevencija hipertenzije are particularly important, as well as those that clearly confirm the benefit of restricting salt intake.
This benefit is manifested not only in decreased blood pressure and reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, but also in improved total health, since it is known that excessive salt intake is also a risk factor for osteoporosis, nephrolithiasis, primarna prevencija hipertenzije and nasopharyngeal cancer.
Moreover, economic aspect is of particular importance too. Salt intake restriction should be performed as part of other lifestyle changes, primarily weight loss and increased physical activity.
CRASH is a Croatian national campaign with an aim to increase the awareness of the excessive salt intake problem. Key words:.