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Ozgen Dogan, Cardiology, answeredPump 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.