According to strokecenter.stanford.edu, a high sodium diet will increase your risk of a stroke. Excess sodium is linked to hypertension, i.e., high blood pressure, which is the most important risk factor connected to stroke.
As letusgambol said, salt leads to high blood pressure – that is, blood volume increases, placing more pressure on the blood vessel walls. The heart has to pump harder, and structural changes harden the vessel walls as well.
However, in the 1990s studies showed that the relationship between salt intake and stroke mortality was higher than the relationship between high blood pressure and stroke mortality. That insinuates that salt has other negative health effects as well, probably relating to the structural changes it creates in cells and blood vessels.
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