Is Magnesium Dangerous?

I have chronic atrial-fib,had it for 10 years,in and out of hospitals with intravenous Cardizam for 2 days at a time,i finally after being terrified with all these episodes came upon an article by Dr.Julian Whitaker who uses Magnesium supplements in his clinic for all kinds of arrythmmnias,anyway, I started on 400 mgs.daily,gradually built it up to 900 mgs.have maybe mild episodes 2 or 3 times a year from stress/anxiety or hidden MSG in foods.


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I just wait it out at home until it passes after around 12 hours compared to the 2 days i spent in hospital until they converted it back to normal.Magnesium has been the answer for me for which i thank the Lord!

This has given me more peace of mind,the cardioligist put me on Toprol and Cardizam which I take little of as it caused no relief from abnormal heart rythmns. The cardioligist poo poo's any kind of supplements, especially fish oil which I also take.

I am not being contrary,just trying to help myself.

Now I am reading that Magnesium supplements, although they convert your rythm back to normal can be dangerous! I am totally confused,who do you believe? Can you help me?

Thank you for any help.I am a young 77 year old and i also have a pacemaker. HELP!

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Is Magnesium Dangerous..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Norma,

Can you tell me exactly what part of the danger of magnesium that you are referring to?

Yes, you CAN Overdose on Magnesium, if that is what you are referring to. But you can overdose on every substance in the world. Even water and oxygen are toxic if used at inappropriately high dosages.

So, if magnesium has benefited you at a particular dose and you are feeling much better than without it while not experiencing symptoms of an Overdose on Magnesium, then you can feel safe about taking the magnesium.

But I'm not sure exactly what you are concerned about, so if you could elaborate on exactly what you are worried about, I'll try to address it.


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Atrial-fib
by: Norma Jewel Clark

You asked about my concerns taking Magnesium supplements.

I am now reading that if Magnesium supplements convert you back to natural heart rythm that it can cause blood clots that can break loose and cause instant death!

Have you hear or read this like I have from site sources?

So is Magnesium supplements dangerous?

I am getting confused.:0(

I thought that this thread sounded familiar...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Norma,

I thought that this thread sounded familiar. You actually asked me this question several months ago. Here's the thread entitled Atrial Fibrillation and Clots Breaking Loose.

So, I hope that that will answer your question Norma.


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How did you deduce that Mg might release blood clot?
by: Jonathan

Hi,

I read the following on the page you wrote, have not seen that elsewhere, and am curious where you got it from:

"WARNING: If you DO have atrial fibrillation,
a sudden 'conversion' of your heart to it's normal
rhythm COULD cause dangerous blood clots to be
released. You MUST involve your cardiologist
before you begin taking magnesium!"

I have read of Carolyn Dean's work. She claims that Magnesium actually reduces platelet clumping, similar to that of Plavix. If so, it would be expected that Magnesium would reduce the probability of clots, rather than increase them. A reset of the heart to normal rhythms would reduce the chance of clotting. Perhaps you are saying the the normal rhythm would increase blood flow, and send clots that formed during Atrial fibrillation out of the ventricles and into the vasculature. Is that what you are saying? Are there any studies or evidence to suggest that magnesium has caused this to occur? Thanks for your insight!

I already answered this
by: Kerri Knox, RN

I answered this question in the thread that was referred to in this thread. The same person asked the same question twice, and I went into detail about this in the initial answer. The answer is on the page entitled Atrial Fibrillation and Clota Breaking Loose.

So, it's not that magnesium will or will not affect clotting, but for those who CURRENTLY have atrial fibrillation, IF it were to 'convert' someone from atrial fibrillation into a normal rhythm, it COULD cause someone to 'throw a clot' since it is the nature of atrial fibrillation that their heart does not fully empty with each contraction. This causes blood 'stasis' in the heart which can lead to blood clots (the reason why everyone with atrial fibrillation is on blood thinners).

SOOOO, IF someone were to take magnesium at high doses, it COULD actually fix their atrial fibrillation and 'convert' it back to normal. While this sounds great, there is a CHANCE that there could be a clot, that clot could be sent out into the circulatory system and cause major damage. This is such a serious (although slim) threat, that when doctors do a procedure called ablation therapy that is intended to fix atrial fibrillation, it is the 'standard of care' to actually do an invasive procedure called a transesophageal echocardiogram in order to make sure there are no clots in the atria before doing the procedure.

I'm simply 'covering my butt' and letting you know of this deadly possibility for anyone who currently has atrial fibrillation who starts on magnesium. If doctors are so cautious as to do a invasive procedure prior to converting someone with atrial fibrillation into a normal rhythm, then this has obviously been a problem in the past- probably a few people died before they figured it out and took extra precautions to prevent that from happening.

It's something for those with atrial fibrillation to be aware of before they start experimenting with magnesium because they read on the internet it might be good for atrial fibrillation. I'm not fearmongering or trying to scare anyone, just stating something that one should understand before they start messing around with something that could potentially fix their atrial fibrillation, as fixing it could be deadly.


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Here's some studies
by: Kerri Knox, RN

Here's some studies showing that magnesium can 'convert' (change atrial fibrillation into a normal rhythm).

Intravenous magnesium sulfate versus diltiazem in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

Intravenous Magnesium Sulfate Enhances the Ability of Intravenous Ibutilide to Successfully Convert Atrial Fibrillation or Flutter

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Magnesium Sulfate, in Addition to Usual Care, for Rate Control in Atrial Fibrillation

Parenteral magnesium sulfate versus amiodarone in the therapy of atrial tachyarrhythmias: A prospective, randomized study


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Dangers of blood clots
by: Greg

I understand what you are saying about conversion back to normal rhythm and blood clots. My question is if I have been on a blood thinner as many years as I have been in A-fib, wouldn't that pretty much ensure that there wouldn't be any blood clots present? Or is it possible for blood clots to form while being on a blood thinner?

It probably would
by: Kerri Knox, RN, The Immune Queen

Greg,

It probably would, but that is a medical matter, and I cannot give medical advice. You take a chance releasing blood clots when you convert to a normal rhythm. What are your chances? I don't know. That's why I cannot give specific advice or help on the matter.

If you want to risk such a thing without the help of your cardiologist, that is a matter that you must take responsibility for yourself, and I cannot help with.

Sorry, but there are lines that cross over nutritional advice to medical advice, and this is one of those cases.

Can I take magnesium with a pacemaker
by: Anonymous

Am feeling very tried someone said to take magnesium this will help me, am not sure as I have a pacemaker fiited these tablet are 187.5 mg can you help me if it is safe to take these daily

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