Magnesium deficiency is very common in people with a compromised cardiovascular system. In hospitals magnesium 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.
In your local clinic or practitioner’s office, their response to magnesium deficiency may be a little different. Magnesium’s role in preventing heart disease and strokes is accepted for acute conditions, yet many cardiologists do not recognize and respond to magnesium deficiency conditions in their primary care protocols.
An average of 1,671 American’s die suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack every day. Millions of people around the world are in the same position as those who have recently transitioned – 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.
Fortunately for us, Dr. Carolyn Dean has a pretty good idea of what’s going on and how to help millions of American’s suffering with magnesium deficiency symptoms that affect the structure and function of the cardiovascular system. Dr. Carolyn Dean has been helping educate the public and practitioners about the role of magnesium in proper heart function and, in Dan’s case, while he was waiting to see his doctor he learned quite a bit about how magnesium could support his health:
Hi, Dr. Dean. Three months ago, I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation by my General Practitioner. I am not on drugs yet and I have been referred to a highly reputable cardiologist here in Northern California who has me wearing a heart monitor for two weeks to see what’s going on with the a-fib.
I am having to wait 2 months to meet with him to get the results and what he wants me to do for treatment. In the meantime, I found your booklet on A-Fib. This was very encouraging to read and I have started taking ReMag. I have noticed the heart palpitations when taking the magnesium are less or not at all and I have some days that are normal. I have had the RBC blood test and yes, my magnesium was low. I also had a cardio ultra sound and my heart is normal. I am very grateful to be making progress and have more hope than before that I will be okay. Dan
Tonight on Dr. Carolyn Dean LIVE we’ll be talking with Dr. Carolyn Dean about Heart Health for Tachycardia, Angina, Atherosclerosis, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, and Atrial Fibrillation along with a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!
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 us and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment that is featured in Hour Two. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices should always be discussed with your doctor.