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Low Magnesium and Heart Disease

(Source: Extract from "the Magnesium Factor" Pages 6 - 7 by Mildred S. Seelig, M.D., MPH, Master, American College Nutrition & Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D)

Animal and clinical studies have shown that chronic Magnesium depletion has direct consequences for both the heart and the blood vessels. These include the following:

  • Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) and tachycardia (too- rapid heartbeats) due to abnormal shifts of the mineral potassium into and out of heart cells.
  • Abnormal electrical activity in the heart, shown by electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) results.
  • Arteriosclerosis (stiffening and inflexibility of the blood vessels). This can develop even in children.
  • Constriction of the arteries and spasms in blood vessels.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Angina (chest pain due to heart disease).
  • Myocardial infarction (damage to heart cells - better known as a heart attack) due to ischemic heart disease (an insufficient flow of oxygenated blood to the heart) that is associated with too much calcium and not enough magnesium in heart cells.
  • Sudden death due to arrhythmia or infarction.
  • The formation of blood clots within blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
  • Heart valve disorders such as mitral valve prolapse.

The medical profession has responded to this myriad of symptoms by treating each symptom individually, with drugs or surgery or both (see table below). The result is high-tech, expensive chasing after symptoms that may stave off death but does not restore health. How much better it would be to prevent much of the damage from this disease by treating the Magnesium deficiency that underlies all of its symptoms, giving the body the simple nutrient it needs for healthy hearts and blood vessels.

Symptoms Associated with Heart Disease That Can Be Bought on by Magnesium Deficiency - and Common Medical Treatments for Them

Magnesium deficiency causes; ... which is typically treated with
Arrhythmias Anti-arrhythmic drugs
(quindine, procainamide)
Calcium entry into cells  Calcium-channel blockers
Overreactivity to stress hormones
(adrenaline)
Beta-blockers, alpha-blockers
Over production of cholesterol  Low-fat diets, statin drugs
Blood clotting in blood vessels Anticoagulation agents
Constriction of arterial muscles Antihypertensive drugs, vasodilators
High sodium-to-potassium ratio                Low-salt diet, antihypertensive drugs
Insulin resistance Blood-sugar-lowering drugs
Coronary arteriosclerosis Angioplasty, bypass surgery
Vulnerability to oxidative stress Antioxidants (vitamins, drugs)

Animal studies show that low Magnesium levels adversely affect the heart and blood vessels. Clinical studies show that treatment with Magnesium, taken at the right time and in the right amount, can lessen heart disease risk factors and even save lives. Might adequate Magnesium nutrition lessen the need for heroic surgeries? Might it lessen the need for, or even replace, medications, with their high cost and possible adverse side effects? Drug and surgical therapies could then be reserved for people with heart disease for whom adequate Magnesium nutrition is not enough.

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PLEASE NOTE: An Important Reminder About Taking Magnesium With Prescription Drugs

You may experience a decreased need for your drugs as Magnesium deficiency is corrected or as Magnesium treats your symptoms or reverses your condition. In other words, the symptoms for which the drug was prescribed may clear up due to the Magnesium, making the drug unnecessary or toxic and causing new symptoms. Patients and doctors should be on the alert for a shift in symptoms. Be sure to work with your doctor to lower your medication doses safely.

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