Pump up potassium and make sure to boost magnesium to guard against heart disease. Data shows that potassium lowers blood pressure, prevents clot formation and decreases the hardening of blood vessels. A shortage of potassium can create heart rhythm disorders. Case in point: the beta-blocker group of heart medicines protects against the decrease of serum potassium in heart attack. Magnesium has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of death from heart disease. For heart patients, keeping their blood potassium and magnesium levels high can be lifesaving. Levels can be determined by a simple blood test.
Jonathan E Yager, MD
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How do potassium and magnesium affect heart health?
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When can a congenital heart defect be detected in a baby?
Coleen Boyle, PhD, MS, Public Health, answered on behalf of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Some congenital heart defects can be found before birth. Knowing if a baby has a heart defect before birth can help families plan for the future. Some heart defects can be found at birth, because they can cause a baby to have bluish tinted nails or lips or troubled breathing. Also, some heart defects potentially can be detected in babies soon after birth using pulse oximetry screening, which is a test to determine the amount of oxygen in the blood and pulse rate. Certain hospitals screen all babies soon after birth using pulse oximetry screening. However, pulse oximetry screening is not required in most states. Other heart defects might have no signs at birth and are not found until later in life, during childhood or even adulthood. If a health care provider (a doctor or nurse) thinks a congenital heart defect is present, the baby can have several tests to diagnose the defect.
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What is diastolic heart failure?
American Heart Association answeredDiastolic heart failure is a condition in which the pumping chambers (ventricles) of the heart become thickened, grow stiff and cannot relax enough to adequately fill the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) with blood. The fluid then backs up into organs and causes swelling (edema) (especially in feet and ankles) and congestion even though the heart's pumping function (ejection fraction) is normal. This type of heart failure is caused by conditions such as acute ischemia, systolic hypertension with enlargement of the left ventricular muscle, restrictive cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
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