Salty Medicine...why it might not be such a bad idea - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Salty Medicine...why it might not be such a bad idea

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Did you know there could be salt in the prescriptions you take?       

Some medications contain salt to help the body absorb the drug. The problem is that for certain patients that added salt may increase their risk for heart problems.        

That's according to a new study in the British medical journal.      

Researchers compared heart events between patients taking prescription medication that contained sodium, and those taking drugs without sodium.  After they accounted for risk factors like weight, smoking and health history, they found those taking drugs with added salt had a 16% higher risk for heart attack and stroke.        

Researchers say doctors should take into account a drug's sodium content, and their patient's heart health, before prescribing medication.

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