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How does salt retention raise blood pressure?

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Posted on Sat, 16 May 2015
Question: How does salt actually cause an increase in blood pressure? My blood pressure is under control. This is just an information question.
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Answered by Dr. Benard Shehu (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Salt induces fluid retention from kidneys....

Detailed Answer:
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The salt increases the osmotic pressure of the plasma. This will result in more water retention from the kidneys; more fluid will flow in bloodstream leading to increased blood pressure.

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Brief Answer: Salt induces fluid retention from kidneys.... Detailed Answer: Hi, The salt increases the osmotic pressure of the plasma. This will result in more water retention from the kidneys; more fluid will flow in bloodstream leading to increased blood pressure. Dr.Benard