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The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote various chronic diseases and make their management more challenging. Founded in 2006, the CVP is based within the UCSF Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and is located on the campus of San Francisco General Hospital. Beyond the local communities it serves, CVP is nationally and internationally known for its research in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health, including literacy, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Consuming Only a Little Less Salt per Day Could Mean Fewer Heart Attacks, Deaths

Kirsten Bibbins Domingo New research from the CVP indicates reducing salt in the American diet by about ½ teaspoon (or about 3 grams) per day could prevent nearly 100,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths each year. These benefits are on par with the benefits from reductions in smoking and could save the U.S. up to $24 billion in healthcare costs. Click here for the joint UCSF and Columbia University press release and additional New York Times coverage.

Bibbins-Domingo K, Chertow GM, Coxson PG, Moran AE, Lightwood JM, Pletcher MJ, Goldman L. Projected effect of dietary salt reductions on future cardiovascular disease. N Eng J Med 2010, Feb 18;362(7):650-2.

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