New research shows that adding salt to meals can increase the risk of heart disease. The Korean researchers found that people who regularly add salt to their dinners were 22 percent more likely to suffer from an irregular heartbeat, and this condition, known medically as atrial fibrillation, can increase the risk of stroke by 5 times.

According to what was reported by “Sky News Arabia” on the newspaper “The Sun”, Professor James Lieber, of the British Heart Foundation, said that the study was a “healthy reminder” of the dangers of using too much salt, reports Al-Rai daily.

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder in the UK, affecting around 1.4 million Britons. It can cause the organ to beat very quickly, causing problems such as dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

The British National Health Service recommends that adults eat no more than 6 grams of salt per day, or about a teaspoon. The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Amsterdam, looked at data from 395,682 Britons aged 40 to 70 for 11 years.

Independent experts said the “valuable” study underscores the need for people to cut down on salt in their diet.

Lieber added: “It is known that eating too much salt can lead to health problems, including high blood pressure, in addition to increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke, high blood pressure can also cause damage to your heart, and this in turn can to cause atrial fibrillation.”

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