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The Role of Potassium Manipulation in Blood Pressure Control

The Role of Potassium Manipulation in Blood Pressure Control Editorials The Role of Potassium Manipulation in Blood Pressure Control he state of the art of dietary intervention for control of high blood pressure and T prevention of arteriosclerosis is uncertain. The most noncontroversial method is caloric restriction for weight reduction, but long-term normalization of weight is the exception, rather than the rule. Dietary sodium restriction has received consider- able attention in recent years. New possibilities of management with potassium manipulation are being explored, based on experimental and epidemiological data. This editorial reviews five recent short-term human trials in England, Austria, and Japan and 10 epidemiological-observational studies conducted worldwide. These indicate that sodium chloride restriction per se or increased potassium intake may be helpful in the prevention of high blood pressure or the lowering of elevated blood pressure for some, but not all, individuals. However, an approach that combines sodium chloride restriction and an increase in dietary potassium holds considerable promise for success, although questions about the nonpharmacological manage- ment of hypertension will not be resolved until long-term controlled experiments have been carried out. Reports from the Hypertension Detection and Follow-up Program in this country, the Australian Management Study of mild hypertension, and a British follow-up of mild and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Arteriosclerosis Wolters Kluwer Health

The Role of Potassium Manipulation in Blood Pressure Control

Arteriosclerosis , Volume 3 (4) – Jul 1, 1983

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© 1983 by American Heart Association, Inc.
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Abstract

Editorials The Role of Potassium Manipulation in Blood Pressure Control he state of the art of dietary intervention for control of high blood pressure and T prevention of arteriosclerosis is uncertain. The most noncontroversial method is caloric restriction for weight reduction, but long-term normalization of weight is the exception, rather than the rule. Dietary sodium restriction has received consider- able attention in recent years. New possibilities of management with potassium manipulation are being explored, based on experimental and epidemiological data. This editorial reviews five recent short-term human trials in England, Austria, and Japan and 10 epidemiological-observational studies conducted worldwide. These indicate that sodium chloride restriction per se or increased potassium intake may be helpful in the prevention of high blood pressure or the lowering of elevated blood pressure for some, but not all, individuals. However, an approach that combines sodium chloride restriction and an increase in dietary potassium holds considerable promise for success, although questions about the nonpharmacological manage- ment of hypertension will not be resolved until long-term controlled experiments have been carried out. Reports from the Hypertension Detection and Follow-up Program in this country, the Australian Management Study of mild hypertension, and a British follow-up of mild and

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ArteriosclerosisWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jul 1, 1983

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