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SaltCheck Develops First Simplified Test for Monitoring Salt Intake in People With Hypertension
Date:2/26/2009

BOSTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SaltCheck, Inc. announced the completion of a 100 subject study demonstrating successful use of a new simplified test for monitoring sodium intake. The test, which can be used either for self-monitoring by people with hypertension, or for point-of-care testing at the physician's office, is revolutionary in providing immediate feedback on urine sodium excretion, which closely mirrors sodium intake. It involves dipstick testing, with results refined by statistical adjustments derived from a series of clinical studies.

The World Health Organization estimates there are over 600 million people globally with hypertension, and salt intake is known to affect blood pressure and/or response to blood pressure medication in most. Awareness of salt intake, and efforts to reduce salt intake are receiving increasing emphasis. The National Institutes of Health has recommended limiting intake of salt upon diagnosis of hypertension.

The studies, which were conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College, and sponsored by SaltCheck, Inc., accurately estimated sodium excretion from a simple spot check of urine. The SaltCheck test provides a snapshot of the state of sodium excretion, and also correctly indicates whether a patient's sodium excretion over a 24-hour period is low or not, with a high degree of sensitivity and specificity. Most important, it will be the first commercially-available test for assessing salt intake, and its ease of use and low cost will readily enable serial monitoring of salt intake, and of the effect of efforts to change salt intake.

The test also eliminates the two biggest drawbacks of the current testing method, which consists of collecting all urine during a 24 hour period, and sending it to a laboratory. "The standard test is frequently inaccurate because of incomplete collections, reflecting the difficulty and impracticality of collecting all urine for 24 hours. Wo
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