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AMA Applauds AHA for Position on Sodium Reduction

For immediate release:
Jan. 13, 2011

Statement attributable to:
Edward Langston, MD
AMA Board Member

"The American Medical Association (AMA) applauds the American Heart Association's call for intensified efforts to reduce the amount of sodium that Americans consume.

"Excessive sodium intake causes blood pressure to rise, increasing the risk for heart attacks and strokes. Much of the sodium in American's diets is hidden in processed foods and restaurant meals. The AMA has long-held policy supporting a reduction of sodium in processed foods and restaurant meals to lower sodium intake and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease."

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Lisa Lecas
AMA Media Relations
312-464-5980
lisa.lecas@ama-assn.org

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