Magnesium is the gift that keeps giving this holiday season and year-round. It is critical for electrical and mechanical activity in tissues such as nerves, muscles like the heart, and blood vessels. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body.
However, nearly half of Americans consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium in their daily diet. Studies show that lower magnesium levels increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and other cardiac factors such as arrhythmias, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.
Arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm, can be caused by low magnesium levels. Magnesium is important for the electrical impulses of the heart. Without healthy magnesium levels, the heart may beat too fast, too slow, or palpitate, leading to dangerous fibrillation or cardiac arrest.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is nearly twice as likely in those with low levels of magnesium. Dangerous high blood pressure can lead to heart failure and stroke. It can also lead to an enlarged heart which cannot pump blood effectively.
Atherosclerosis is the hardening and stiffening of the arterial walls, which raises blood pressure. If left untreated, atherosclerosis can develop into Peripheral Artery Disease. Supplementing magnesium has shown to lower blood pressure and decrease the strain on the heart to pump blood to major organs.
Give yourself the gift of peace of mind this season by checking your magnesium levels and addressing any health concerns with the doctors at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A.
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