Magnesium and Heart Failure Prevention

It’s absolutely no coincidence that the most magnesium in the body is concentrated in the left ventricle of the heart.

Why is this so important?

Nearly 5 million Americans are currently living with congestive heart failure (CHF).

Approximately 550,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

Almost 1.4 million persons with CHF are under 60 years of age.

More than 5 percent of persons age 60 to 69 have CHF.

CHF annual incidence approaches 10 per 1,000 population after 65 years of age, while other journal reviews say it’s approaching 100 per 1,000.

Heart failure is responsible for 11 million physician visits each year, and more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined.

CHF is the first-listed diagnosis in 875,000 hospitalizations, and the most common diagnosis in hospital patients age 65 years and older. In that age group, one-fifth of all hospitalizations have a primary or secondary diagnosis of heart failure.

More than half of those who develop CHF die within 5 years of diagnosis.

Heart failure contributes to approximately 287,000 deaths a year.

You don’t have to be one of these statistics. Understanding how CHF occurs and what you can do about it is important and magnesium has a crucial role in this.

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