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Magnesium shots are an excellent compliment or alternative to cardiac drugs and I recommend them for all circulation cases. We have found them helpful for a wide variety of problems, from vascular headaches (i.e. migraines) to heart disease treatments or heart disease prevention to leg cramps (claudication or peripheral vascular disease). They are very safe, according to our experience. We rarely find oral magnesium helpful for most patients. Injected magnesium seems to get into the heart cells much faster and is more effective.
Studies on cardiovascular effects are listed below. These studies rarely get attention or repeated, because pharmaceutical companies can’t patent magnesium and it takes 50 years for a new idea to catch on in medicine. Magnesium shot doses and protocols are covered in appointments.
Coronary artery disease, South African Medical Journal 1958. Coronary heart disease and angina often improved “after all conventional and accepted methods of therapy had failed and suffers had lost hope of ever obtaining relief.” Only 1 person died within 4-6 weeks, while 19-50% of patients receiving conventional therapy died.
Coronary artery disease. Medical Procedures 1959. 100 patients, of whom at least 1/3 had suffered a myocardial infarction were treated. Only one death occurred (1% death rate). The results were compared to the previous year where 196 patients were treated conventionally and there were 60 deaths (30% death rate). The effects of magnesium shots were not permanent.
Coronary artery disease. Medical Procedure 1959. More than 200 patients with coronary insufficiency or heart attacks were treated. Many patients had prompt relief of pain and rapid uneventful recoveries. In many cases, striking clinical improvement was noted, often lasting up to 6 months.
Magnesium after acute myocardial infarction. Clinical Science Journal 1985. In a double blind placebo study, patients with acute heart attacks were given magnesium or saline shots. 6 patients in the placebo group died within 24 hours. Only 2 in the magnesium group died, which is a 71% reduction in mortality. Ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation was reduced 44%. Total cardiac events (arrhythmias and death) were reduced by 56% in the magnesium patients. No evidence of magnesium toxicity was seen.
Intraveneous magnesium in acute myocardial infarctions. Lancet 1986. In a double blind study, 263 patients with suspected heart attacks were given magnesium infusions or placebo. Magnesium reduced death rates by 70% in patients with or without proven heart attacks. No side effects were seen.
Beneficial effect of magnesium in acute myocardial infarction. American Journal of Cardiology 1990. Magnesium therapy not only reduced heart attack mortality rates, but may have aborted an impending myocardial infarction is some cases.
Intravenous magnesium in suspected myocardial infarction. Lancet 1992. 2,316 patients were randomly given magnesium or saline. Myocardial infarction was confirmed in 65% of cases. Mortality from all causes was decreased 24% and heart failure by 25% in the magnesium group. Magnesium was comparable to, but independent, of antiplatelet drugs and aspirin.
Re-examination of magnesium infusions in myocardial infarction. American Journal of Cardiology 1995. Multiple studies of magnesium infusions show conflicting results, but improved left ventricular function and lowered arrhythmias and mortality. Conflicting data may be due to increased use of fibrinolytic (clot busting) and anti-platelet drugs. “These therapies may have masked a benefit of magnesium”.
Examining the role of magnesium in acute myocardial infarction, American Journal of Cardiology 1995. Rats were subject to heart damage and treated with magnesium infusions. Magnesium reduced infarct (dead heart cell) size significantly by 54%.
Anti-arrhythmic [anti-arrhythmic = corrects palpitations & irregular heart beats] response to magnesium infusion, Lancet 1987. Heart biopsies of patients with ventricular tachycardia, myocarditis and cardiomyopathy showed magnesium in cardiac cells were 65% lower than normal. Blood levels of electrolytes and magnesium were normal. The effect of intravenous magnesium is due to correction of magnesium deficits inside cardiac cells.
The effects of magnesium versus verapamil, Clinical Cardiology 1993. Verapamil is widely used to slow or convert abnormal heart beats. Verapamil use is limited by side effects. 57 patients received verapamil or magnesium infusion. 58% of patients with magnesium converted to normal heart rhythm in 4 hours and 62% in 24 hours. Verapamil slowed fast heart rate, but only 19% converted to normal in 4 hours and 52% in 24 hours. No side effects were seen with magnesium but 19% of verapamil patients had low blood pressure or cardiac failure severe enough to discontinue treatment. It is concluded magnesium is at least effective as verapamil.
Magnesium after cardiac surgery, a double blind trial, JAMA 1992. 100 patients undergoing cardiac surgery ((90% were bypasses) received magnesium infusions. Post operative patients had prevalent low magnesium. Magnesium treated patients had a 53% risk reduction in ventricular arrhythmias and 47% reduction in respiratory failure. Magnesium increased cardiac output. There was a 75% reduction in post operative coronary insufficiency.
Role of magnesium in cardiac tachyarrthymias [fast heart rates], American Journal of Cardiology 1990. IV magnesium controlled ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation is 12 patients when no conventional treatment could. Magnesium was also effective against other arrythymias. The effectiveness of digoxin appears impaired with magnesium deficiency. Magnesium reduced atrial fibrillation rates and converted atrial fibrillation to normal.
Magnesium therapy of cardiac arrhythmia in critical care. Magnesium 1998. Ventricular rhythms resistant to conventional treatments, torsades de pointes, digitalis toxic arrhythmias, atrial arrhythmias responded to magnesium injections.
Clinical symptoms of mitral valve prolapse are related to hypomagnesium, American Journal of Cardiology 1997. Mitral valve symptoms (weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, anxiety and high norepinephrine) improved with magnesium and catecholamine levels improved.
Magnesium and Heart Strain or Heart Failure Failure: obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, small vessel disease, coronary artery disease, coronary insufficiency (angina, MI, ischemic heart disease), cardiac arrhythmias, mitral valve prolapse, pulmonary hypertension, left or right ventricle problems are the main causes of heart strain and heart failure, so we see magnesium shots be very effective in these cases.
Now you can see why I recommend magnesium injections In episodes of coronary insufficiency (angina, abnormal ECG, other symptoms and sometimes abnormal labs), acute heart failure or acute pulmonary hypertention, we give shots every day or every other day, like they did in some of these hospital studies, until the crisis has passed.
We have found magnesium injections to be helpful for vascular headaches, migraine headaches, vascular memory problems, transient ischemic attacks, chest pain, angina, coronary insufficiency, small vessel disease, all forms of heart strain, heart failure, mitral valve and other valve problems, cardiac arrhthmias, impending MI, suspected MI, cold hands and feet (peripheral arterial disease), leg cramps and other problems with capillaries, small and large arteries, pulmonary hypertension and more.
The only negative effects in these studies? No benefit in one study when magnesim chloride (the wrong form) was given. Excessive magnesium given IV transiently suppressed kidney function (if potassium was low) and reflexes but still outperformed conventional treatments! We don’t use IV magnesium and recommend checking potassium. IV magnesium can be very dangerous because it also drops calcium. Magnesium shots are very safe.
Magnesium tends to get depleted by glucose/insulin problems, obesity, metabolic syndrome, kidney problems, digestive problems, chronic stress, a lot of drugs, poor diet and other treatable factors. You can arrange for magnesium shots in appointments, where we cover the protocols.
David Overton, PA-C works at Natural Medicines & Family Practice providing integrated conventional and alternative treatments under the supervision of Dr. Richard Faiola, MD, ABFM.
PS. I tend to recommend B vitamin shots with the magnesium shots. They also help cardiovascular functions and are equivalent to IV chelation without the risks, expense or hassles of doing an IV.