September is Atrial Fibrillation Month -- Carolyn Dean MD ND
September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month although in Dr. Dean’s world we say Atrial Fibrillation is a Magnesium Deficiency Awareness Month. While hospital departments and health organizations want you to know about the drug and surgical treatment for AFib, on tonight’s radio show we focus on magnesium and mineral deficiencies that may trigger AFib and other heart rhythm abnormalities.
Magnesium deficiency is very common in people with a compromised cardiovascular system. However, magnesium deficiency itself can mimic cardiovascular symptoms. In some hospitals, magnesium is administered for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart requires magnesium. Magnesium’s role in preventing heart disease and strokes is accepted in these hospitals for acute conditions, yet most cardiologists and family doctors 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. It’s the same enzyme that statin drugs target and inhibit. 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.
In addition to the ‘traditional’ form of heart disease, heart rhythm issues plague many Americans. Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly diagnosed heart arrhythmia, reaching epidemic proportions. In the US, AFib hospitalizations increased by 23% between 2000 and 2010. In 2010 there were about 5.2 million people with AFib; 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 ReMag could support his health. However, Dr. Dean would encourage Dan to also take Pico Potassium, Whole C ReSet, and our D3-K2 ReSet to ReSet his Heart.
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 AFib.
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 called Heart Health. 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
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