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HEART ATTACK RISK -
Test Yourself for This Major
ottom line is this: your heart is a muscle and it has certain requirements to
do its muscle work, which is to contract and relax rhythmically in order to
blood. In fact, each day your heart pumps the same five quarts of
blood around and around. That's equivalent to some two thousand gallons of
blood! It works out to about 2.4 ounces per beat - around a third of a
Add exercise and those numbers increase.
You can tell: that that's a lot of work!
To carry it out, your heart needs calcium to contract, and magnesium to
relax. When it has enough calcium to contract, but not enough magnesium
to relax, it can contract and stay contracted - a muscle cramp that is a type
of heart attack. Add sufficient magnesium and voila! The cramp is
resolved. Keep your magnesium levels sufficient in the first place, and
you avoid that type of heart attack all together.
That's why experts in emergency medicine teach people that if they are having a
heart attack, to tell the emergency response team to start an IV of magnesium
So how can you tell if your levels are sufficient? Easy. You can do
your own muscle test. Here's how:
1.Get a magnesium supplement handy.
2.Either bend to touch your toes and see how far you
go ( don’t force) or alternatively, put your hands together in front of you,
then keeping them together, rotate your torso around so that you swing your
arms as far as you can to the left (or right). Again, don’t force, just
3. Next, pick up the magnesium, hold it in your hands
and do the same movement again. Notice the difference in your range of
The more range of motion you had holding the magnesium, the more your body
needs it. If your range of motion is about the same, your magnesium
levels are likely OK.
Here are three other common symptoms that indicate a magnesium
1. A tendency toward constipation.
2. Generalized body tension, especially as if wearing
your shoulders up around your ears.
3. Craving chocolate.
Last, when you supplement magnesium, it's important to know when enough is
enough. The easiest (and most obvious!) way is referred to as 'bowel
tolerance'. In other words, when your bowels are demanding you visit the
bathroom way more than usual, you're probably good to back off your
Then, too, you can return to the muscle test method described above. When
your range of motion is about equal when you're holding magnesium or not
holding it, you've likely reached sufficiency.
Then you can feel assured that you've eliminated that heart attack risk
(Note: Bones require
magnesium as well. If you'd like to receive a complementary 84- item checklist
you can use to determine how many symptoms you have that may indicate bone
loss, go to
Pamela Levin, R.N., T.S.T.A
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