There appears to be an epidemic of heart failure in the Western world. But, in my opinion, hearts aren’t failing; it’s doctors who are failing to treat magnesium deficiency, which is an underlying cause of heart disease and subsequent heart failure. The problem begins with the very name that doctors use for this disease. They don’t seem to realize that a declaration that the patient’s heart is failing sets the patient up for just that!
Investigators in a paper published in the July 2013 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes comment on the high hospital readmission rate of heart failure patients.
They report: “A million people are hospitalized with heart failure each year, and about 250,000 will be back in the hospital within a month. If we could keep even 2% of them from coming back to the hospital, that could equal a saving of more than $100 million a year.” If we could give everyone ReMag and prevent them from ever having to enter a hospital for heart failure, we would save billions.
High on the list of signs and symptoms of heart failure is an enlarged heart—especially left ventricle hypertrophy (LVH). In fact, LVH is a significant predictor of adverse cardiovascular events up to and including heart failure. An important study found that low serum magnesium is one of the strongest predictors of increased left ventricular mass over a five-year period. Why aren’t doctors using that measurement and improving patients’ magnesium levels to prevent heart failure?
Heart failure is more routinely diagnosed by a combination of cardiac catheterization, CT scan or MRI, and ultrasound to measure the ejection fraction of the heart. The ejection fraction gauges the strength of the heart muscle, specifically the ventricles, and their ability to pump blood through the vast network of arteries and capillaries in the body. There’s a good reason the highest amount of magnesium in the body is found in the heart ventricles. Those muscle cells depend on the proper balance of magnesium and calcium for proper function. If the ventricles are not ejecting blood properly ruling out magnesium deficiency would be the first course of action in treatment.
Instead of reading the scientific literature and incorporating magnesium into their diagnostic and treatment plan, doctors have a standardized treatment for heart disease of about six drugs—often sold together in blister packs so you don’t miss a dose. The drugs are to control blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and fluid retention, and to push the heart to beat stronger—and, ironically, they all contribute to magnesium deficiency!
Even worse, people tell me their doctors warn them not to take magnesium in case it interferes with their medication! How has it come to the point where patients are being warned not to take something that’s as important as air, food, and water because it will lessen their need for drugs? What has occurred to cause doctors to distrust necessary nutrients and prescribe drugs for life?
Cardiologists are convinced that the natural progression of heart disease is to develop into heart failure. That’s why they put all their patients on “preventive” doses of blood pressure drugs, statins, and diabetic drugs because they think that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar are inevitable consequences of heart disease. But what they fail to recognize is that the very drugs they are prescribing cause more magnesium deficiency and more heart disease and bring on symptoms of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.
Preventing heart failure begins with becoming magnesium saturated for the reasons stated below:
- Magnesium prevents muscle spasms of the blood vessels in the heart, which can lead to heart attack.
- Magnesium prevents muscle spasms of the peripheral blood vessels, which can lead to high blood pressure.
- Magnesium prevents calcium buildup in cholesterol plaque in arteries, which leads to clogged arteries, atherosclerosis, and stroke.
February has been designated as Heart Month but in my world every day is a new opportunity to take more people off the magnesium deficiency list and place them firmly on the magnesium saturation list!
Tonight on my internet based radio show I will be sharing my passion for healthy hearts as we discuss HEART FAILURE: What You Need To Know in addition to 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!!
SO…be sure join us this evening for another wonderful, information-packed broadcast. If you yourself are unable to make the show, you have the option to email me and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices can always be discussed with your doctor, should you choose to do so.