Original Research Communications (ASN)

Introduction

Hypertension is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death worldwide, afflicting low- and high-income countries alike. In India, the second most populous country in the world, the prevalence of hypertension is very high, with an estimated 207 million (25.3%) adults suffering from hypertension based on a recent nationally representative survey, and only 1 in 10 hypertensive patients achieving adequate blood pressure (BP) control. Such statistics highlight the importance of identifying and implementing novel, low-cost interventions to improved BP control in India.

ABSTRACT - Background: High salt intake is a major modifiable risk factor of hypertension which is prevalent in India. It is not yet clear if salt substitutes reduce blood pressure (BP) among Indian hypertensive patients.