Magnesium deficiency is very common in people with heart disease. In hospitals where doctors understand the important of magnesium, it is administered for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart requires magnesium. Magnesium is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.
The epidemic of heart disease in women may have its origins in the excessive intake of medically prescribed calcium. In fact, several studies in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently proved that very thing. Women who take calcium supplements have a higher risk of heart disease as calcium deposits in their arteries. When heart muscle cells have too much calcium on the inside, they can go into a life-threatening spasm that we call “heart attack”. When they have enough magnesium, the heart muscle cells relax. The prescription medication to prevent calcium build-up is called a “calcium channel blocker”. Nature’s calcium channel blocker is magnesium; it’s the guardian angel of the heart. The most commonly used drugs in high blood pressure are diuretics. The irony of using diuretics is that they deplete the body of magnesium.
In June 2008, Tim Russert, a well-known and respected journalist died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack. Millions of people around the world are in the same position as Russert—with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and on several medications to avoid having a heart attack. Yet the treatments for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar all deplete magnesium and cause worsening of these three very common conditions.
Magnesium acts by the same mechanisms as statin drugs to lower cholesterol. Every metabolic activity in the body depends on enzymes. Making cholesterol, for example, requires a specific enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. Magnesium slows down this enzymatic reaction when it is present in sufficient quantities. HMG-CoA reductase is the same enzyme that statin drugs target and inhibit. The mechanisms are nearly the same; however, magnesium is the natural way that the body has evolved to control cholesterol when it reaches a certain level, whereas statin drugs are used to destroy the whole process.
This means that if sufficient magnesium is present in the body, cholesterol will be limited to its necessary functions—the production of hormones and the maintenance of cell membranes—and will not be produced in excess Magnesium is also responsible for several other lipid-altering functions that are not even shared by statin drugs. Magnesium is necessary for the activity of an enzyme that lowers LDL, the “bad” cholesterol; it also lowers triglycerides and raises the “good” cholesterol, HDL. Another magnesium-dependent enzyme converts omega-3 and omega- 6 essential fatty acids into prostaglandins, which are required for heart and overall health.
At least 18 human studies have verified that magnesium supplements can have an extremely beneficial effect on lipids. In these studies, total cholesterol levels were reduced by 6 to 23 percent; LDL (bad) cholesterol were lowered by 10 to 18 percent; triglycerides fell by 10 to 42 percent; and HDL (good) cholesterol rose by 4 to 11 percent. Furthermore, the studies showed that low magnesium levels are associated with higher levels of “bad” cholesterol and high magnesium levels indicate an increase in “good” cholesterol.
In addition to the ‘traditional’ form of heart disease, heart rhythm issues plague many Americans as well. Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly diagnosed heart arrhythmia, reaching epidemic proportions. In the US, A-Fib hospitalizations increased by 23% between 2000 and 2010. In 2010 there were about 5.2 million people with A-Fib; that number is expected to escalate to 12.1 million cases in 2030.
Doctors believe that most cases of A-Fib are secondary to heart disease so the standard treatment is to medicate those symptoms to try and alter the course of A-Fib.
At one time doctors described 2 types of A-Fib – Adrenal Simulation [Adrenergic] and Vagus Nerve Relaxation [Vagally Mediated]. But, doctors no longer discuss these causes of A-Fib because there are no specific drugs indicated for these conditions. This leaves patients even more anxious because nobody can tell them what’s actually going on with their heart when they have adrenergic and vagally-mediated A-Fib symptoms.
Fortunately for us, there is one very powerful doctor who has a pretty good idea of what’s going on and how to help millions of American’s suffering with symptoms of heart disease! Dr. Carolyn Dean has been helping educate the public about the role of magnesium in proper heart function and is willing to spend time with you to tell you all about it as well! Tonight on LIVE with Dr. Carolyn Dean we’ll talking about how about how Magnesium and Heart Disease along with a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with our callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!
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