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Shake the salt habit

Heart surgeon warns of its dangers

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Dr. Surender R. Neravetla, director of cardiac surgery at Springfield Regional Medical Center, spoke Wednesday at Green Hills Community about the dangers of salt. ABOVE: Martha McGill, left, of Urbana, and Jo Ann Damon of Columbus, eat a salt-free lunch prior to his talk. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Dr. Neravetla shared information from his book, Salt Kills. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

A regional heart surgeon is expanding his rounds beyond the hospital room to warn people about the potentially fatal dangers of too much table salt.

Dr. Surender R. Neravetla, director of cardiac surgery at Springfield Regional Medical Center, spoke to 120 or so people Wednesday at Green Hills Community about the numerous health risks connected to the amount of sodium chloride consumed.

According to Dr. Neravetla, a direct correlation exists between too many shakes of the salt dispenser and early-warning signs of heart disease, including high blood pressure and cholesterol.

“Cardiovascular, or heart, disease is the number one killer of people in America,” the heart surgeon said. “People have an emotional reaction when you say ‘cancer,’ but they don’t react the same way when you talk about heart disease.

“The fact is heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer.”

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