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Lowering BP, sodium intake may cut 94 mn early deaths

IANS  |  New York 

A worldwide effort to lower people's blood pressure, cut intake and eliminate from their diet could prevent 94 million premature deaths from (CVD) over a quarter century, says a study.

Regions expected to benefit most from the interventions include East Asia, the Pacific, and South Asia, as well as countries in sub-Saharan Africa, said the study published online in the journal Circulation.

"Focusing our resources on the combination of these three interventions can have a huge potential impact on cardiovascular through 2040," said Goodarz Danaei, Associate Professor of Global at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public

For the study, the researchers used global data from multiple studies and estimates from the in making their calculations.

They estimated that scaling up treatment of to 70 per cent of the world's population could extend the lives of 39.4 million people.

Cutting intake by 30 per cent could stave off another 40 million deaths and could also help decrease high blood pressure, a major risk factor for

And eliminating could prevent 14.8 million early deaths.

More than half of all delayed deaths, and two-thirds of deaths delayed before 70 years, are projected to be among men, the researchers found.

The authors said a variety of programmes and policies would be necessary to reduce premature CVD-related deaths. One important strategy would be to increase use of blood pressure medications, many of which are safe and affordable.

The researchers acknowledged that scaling up the three interventions would be a "huge challenge," requiring countries to commit additional resources to boost health care capacity and quality.



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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 18:56 IST