On tonight’s live radio show, Dr. Carolyn Dean takes a closer look at the relationship between migraines and heart disease. The reference study for this comparison connects restless leg and heart disease, two conditions clinically linked to linked to magnesium deficiency.
The researchers found that the risk for cardiovascular disease was highest during the first year after migraine diagnosis, with an eightfold increased risk for stroke and a twofold increased risk for heart attack, venous thromboembolism, and atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter.
Researchers also said that the absolute risks were small, but the associations persisted over time and were stronger in patients with migraine aura and in women compared with men.
Dr. Caroyn Dean, internationally recognized expert on magnesium supplementation, provides extensive information on heart disease and migraines in her best-selling book The Magnesium Miracle (Magnesium Miracle 2017). The following biochemical events involving low magnesium have been identified in migraine sufferers and may set the stage for a migraine attack:
- In non-menopausal women, estrogen rises before the period, causing a shift of blood magnesium into bone and muscle. As a result, magnesium levels in the brain are lowered.
- When magnesium is low, it is unable to do its job to counteract the clotting action of calcium on the blood. Tiny blood clots are said to clog up brain blood vessels, leading to migraines. Several other substances that help create blood clots are increased when magnesium is too low.
- Similarly magnesium inhibits excess platelet aggregation, preventing the formation of tiny clots that can block blood vessels and cause pain.
- Low brain magnesium promotes neurotransmitter hyperactivity and nerve excitation that can lead to headaches.
- Several conditions that trigger migraines are also associated with magnesium deficiency, including pregnancy, alcohol intake, diuretic drugs, stress, and menstruation.
- Magnesium relaxes blood vessels and allows them to dilate, reducing the spasms and constrictions that can cause migraines.
- Magnesium regulates the action of brain neurotransmitters and inflammatory substances, which may play a role in migraines when unbalanced.
- Magnesium relaxes muscles and prevents the buildup of lactic acid, which, along with muscle tension, can worsen head pain.
Magnesium was first shown to be of value in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in 1935 and since then there have been numerous double-blind studies showing magnesium to be of benefit for many types of arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, ventricular premature contractions, ventricular tachycardia, and severe ventricular arrhythmias. Magnesium supplementation has also been shown to be helpful in angina due either to a spasm of the coronary artery or atherosclerosis.
There is a similarity between the support received from magnesium in the area of heart function, circulation and blood vessel function as the support received from migraine sufferers such as lower levels of magnesium in the blood, relaxing muscles, and managing calcium levels in the cells.
If you have experienced restless legs, migraines, or irregular heart rhythms, you may be magnesium deficient and these conditions may also compete with one another for whatever magnesium is in you body. But, if you are reading this blog, you don’t have to feel scared or worried by your current state of health. ‘The worst is over’, we say and now you can take this very day to decide to focus and put your attention on remineralizing your body! Men and women of any age, level or degree of health can recover the structure, function and well-being of their health with the proper nutritional building blocks and lifestyle adjustments.
Tonight on our internet-based radio show we will talk about Your Head and Heart – Magnesium Deficiency in Migraine and Heart Rhythm Conditions 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!!