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Long term dietary use of potassium enriched salt reduced cardiovascular death in elderly men

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 Q In elderly men, does long term use of potassium enriched salt in the diet reduce cardiovascular death?

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Embedded ImageDesign:

cluster randomised controlled trial.

Embedded ImageAllocation:

unclear allocation concealment.*

Embedded ImageBlinding:

blinded (participants).*

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

mean 31 months.

Embedded ImageSetting:

5 kitchens in a veteran retirement home in northern Taiwan, China.

Embedded ImagePatients:

1981 elderly men 40 to ⩾80 years of age (mean age 75 y) were included in the analysis. Participants with serum creatinine concentrations ⩾3.5 mg/dl were excluded.

Embedded ImageIntervention:

2 kitchens (n = 768) were allocated to gradually increasing concentrations of potassium enriched salt (49% sodium …

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  • * See glossary.

  • For correspondence: Dr W H Pan, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Taipei, Taiwan, China. pan{at}

  • Sources of funding: Taiwan Salt Work Company and Academia Sinica.

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