Hong Kong Med J 2007;13(Suppl 4):S32-6
Cost-effectiveness of low-salt diet for lowering blood pressure in the Hong Kong Chinese population
BMY Cheung, SM McGhee, CP Lau, P Ng
Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Room 405B, 4/F, Professorial Block, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong SAR, China
1. A low-salt diet lowers blood pressure, is cost-effective and well accepted by patients, so hypertensive patients should be encouraged to reduce their salt intake.
2. Most hypertensive patients are likely to need more than one antihypertensive drug in combination with a low-salt diet.
3. For the general population, the strategy should be to maintain an ideal body weight and recommended salt intake.