The extra blood pressure caused by eating too much salt puts extra strain on the inside of your arteries. To cope with the extra strain, the tiny muscles in the artery walls become stronger and thinker. Yet this only makes the space inside the arteries smaller and raises your blood pressure even higher. The raised blood pressure caused by eating too much salt may damage the arteries leading to the heart.
At first, it may cause a slight reduction in the amount of blood reaching the heart. This may lead to angina (sharp pains in the chest when being active). With this condition, the cells in the heart don’t work as well as they should because they are not receiving enough oxygen and nutrients.
However, lowering blood pressure may help to alleviate some of the problems and reduce the risk of greater damage. If you continue to eat too much salt then, over time, the damage caused by the extra blood pressure may become so severe that the arteries burst or become completely clogged.
If this happens, then the part of the heart that was receiving the blood will no longer get the oxygen and nutrients it needs and dies. The result is a heart attack. And not a ‘spiritual attack’!
The best way to prevent a heart attack (ignorantly called “spiritual attack “) is to stop the arteries from becoming damaged. And one of the best ways of doing this is to keep your blood pressure down by eating less salt.