How do potassium and magnesium affect heart health?

Ozgen Dogan
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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.

Continue Learning about Heart Health

Heart Health

Heart Health

Treat your heart right by eating healthy, staying active and managing your stress. Although some heart conditions are heredity, you can reduce your risk by keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels, avoiding to...

bacco products and losing some pounds if you are obese or overweight. A diet high in fiber, veggies and fruits is essential for a healthy heart. Vitamins and supplements, such as fish oil, may help reduce your cholesterol, which if too high can cause blockage in your arteries and lead to a heart attack. If you arteries are blocked, you may need a stent or cardiac angioplasty device to open your blood vessels, which can help prevent a heart attack. Because heart disease is the number one killer of adults in the U.S., taking care of your heart is essential for a long life. If you have a family history of heart disease, it is especially important for you to manage your hearts health.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.