Potassium Linked To Lower Blood Pressure

January 29, 2009

Illinois (ChattahBox) – Doctors with the Loyola University Health System have found that increasing potassium can lower blood pressure.

Dr. Paul Whelton, who headed the study, found that the ratio of potassium to sodium, discovered within the urine of the patients, was more important then sodium alone, as previously believed.

The potassium seemed to have a counter effect to sodium, lowering blood pressure, and increasing the overall health of the patients.

People found with only sodium in their urine are 20% more likely to suffer from heart attacks and strokes. When there is both sodium and potassium, with much higher levels of sodium within the urine, patients are 50% more likely to have cardiovascular problems.


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