Potassium's cardiovascular protective mechanisms.

  title={Potassium's cardiovascular protective mechanisms.},
  author={David B. Young and Hanhua Lin and Richard D. McCabe},
  journal={The American journal of physiology},
  volume={268 4 Pt 2},
High rates of potassium intake are associated with protection from cardiovascular diseases in populations consuming primitive diets and in vegetarians living in industrialized cultures. In studies in humans and in animals, a strong inverse association between potassium intake and hypertension and stroke has been described. However, acceptance of the putative protective effect has been limited by inadequate understanding of 1) long-term potassium regulation, and 2) mechanisms by which small… CONTINUE READING
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