Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Magnesium
Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating. When this happens, blood immediately stops going to the brain and other organs. If a sudden cardiac arrest is not treated within minutes the person will die. There is an electrical system that controls the rate and rhythm of the heart. Usually, the person does have a pre-existing heart condition, however, sometimes the person may not be aware of it
Approximately 400,000 people have an out of the hospital cardiac arrest in America. Approximately 230,000 people are treated in the hospital for sudden cardiac arrest. The mortality is very high. It is estimated that there is a mortality rate of 75 to 90 percent. For the people who do survive, they have a high chance of suffering an injury to the brain and nervous system. And implantable defibrillator and medication therapies can help prevent cardiac arrest.
People at Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest
There are some people with pre-existing conditions and lifestyles that predispose them to sudden cardiac arrest. These include:
- People with heart failure and an ejection fraction of less than 35 percent
- People who use illicit drugs especially cocaine and opiates
- People with congenital heart disease
- People with a history of arrhythmias
- People with a strong family history of sudden cardiac arrest
- People with a history of a previous heart attack
Often times while working in the emergency department, I have taken care of many people in full arrest. The paramedics will have already started CPR and once they get to the emergency department, we take over. The likelihood of having a successful outcome is directly related to how long the person has been asystole or without a pulse. If the arrest was witnessed, the person’s chances of surviving are greater because we know that defibrillation and CPR do work in many cases.
For people who are at greater risk for cardiac arrest, cardiologist suggests getting an implantable defibrillator. They also put on several different classes of drugs like beta blockers and antiarrhythmic drugs.
Natural Treatment for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Magnesium
By far magnesium is the single most important mineral for the heart. There had been a plethora of evidence That people who have sudden cardiac arrest have low levels of magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral and common cation in the human body, a natural calcium antagonist and modulates vasomotor tone, blood pressure, and peripheral blood flow. Studies have proven that low magnesium levels are associated with high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. These are all risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest. Magnesium deficiency will also cause fatal arrhythmias such as torsades, ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular defibrillation. The majority of sudden cardiac arrest comes from arrhythmias.
It is hard to get magnesium from food sources because of the way the food is harvested, and the preservatives that are in the food. Magnesium Taurate is considered the “heart” magnesium. However, there are many forms of magnesium, and each person is an individual who has different tolerances.