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Americans consume an average of 3,436 milligrams, or about 1-1/2 teaspoons, of salt a day, more than twice the amount that the American Heart Association recommends. In some people, salt drives up blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke.

Independent of high blood pressure, people who consume a lot of salt (more than 4,000 milligrams a day) have more than double the risk of ischemic stroke than those who consume less than 1,500 milligrams, or about 2/3 of a teaspoon, a day.

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