MVP & Magnesium

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ssMarilyn, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    Here's some info on MVP from the book "The Miracle of Magnesium" by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND.

    Magnesium deficiency has been implicated in mitral valve prolapse, a disorder in which the mitral valve fails to completely close off one of the hearts chambers during heart contraction. It is also called floppy valve syndrome. Blood rushing through the open valve can be heard as a heart murmur with a stethoscope. When cardiac ultrasound became more commonplace, the diagnosis of MVP escalated, especially in young women. There is no allopathic treatment for the
    condition, and in mild and even moderate cases it doesn't cause any symptoms. However, patients are usually warned that they should take antibiotics when having dental work done to prevent the possibility of bacteria from the gums being picked up in the bloodstream and lodging on the prolapsed valve, causing infection. This is a very rare occurrence and some doctors disapprove of this overuse of antibiotics, but it remains a potential threat to dentists who don't warn their patients.

    Dr. Melvyn Werbach, author of Nutritional Influences on Disease, believes that MVP is overdiagnosed and also maintains that it is a magnesium deficiency disease that is well treated by magnesium. The valves of the heart are pulled
    tight by muscles, which, like any other muscle in the body, depend on magnesium for proper functioning. The mitral valve prolapses because it is not held tight.

    Mildred Seelig reports that low magnesium levels have been found in as many as 85% of MVP patients. Sixty percent of 141 individuals with strongly symptomatic MVP had low magnesium levels, compared to only 5% of the control group.

    Magnesium supplementation given for five weeks reduced the symptoms of chest pain, palpitation, anxiety, low energy, faintness, and difficulty breathing by about 50%.

    Marilyn :) And thank YOU to whoever recommended this book!
    [This Message was Edited on 08/22/2003]
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thanks for this important info. Another good reason to take our magnesium.

    Also, this is another good reason to take excellent care of our teeth and gums. Many of our medications cause dry mouth, producing an environment where bacteria can thrive.

    Love, Mikie
  3. tandy

    tandy New Member

    its amazing all the symptoms you can have just from being deficient in magnesium! I make sure I take mine daily also.