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Dietary Changes, other than Weight Loss and Exercise, that Can Affect Blood Pressure

Q: Other than weight loss and exercise, are there any dietary changes that can affect blood pressure?

Dr. McCann:
The effect of salt on blood pressure has been debated for decades, but new research firmly supports the importance of a low salt diet in controlling blood pressure. In a study published in January 2001 in the New England Journal of Medicine, additional blood pressure lowering was achieved using the "DASH" diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) emphasizing fruit, whole grains, very little red meat or sugar, and low fat dairy products. Participants on both the Dash diet and a low salt diet did as well as people treated with blood pressure lowering medications. The long term results of this diet are not yet known.

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Dr. McCann is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed her residency at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She received an Armed Forces Scholarship and served with the U.S. Navy for nine years, during which she completed her training in Cardiology and rose to the rank of Commander. She has served as the ICU Director at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, California and the CCU Director at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda MD. Dr. McCann has published articles in the area of women's health and cardiac disease and is a frequent lecturer on these topics.

Created: 1/22/2001  -  Dr. McCann

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