Heart Attack Symptoms in Women Are Different Than in Men, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 424
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Magnesium and heart health
In Part 1 of this podcast, I discussed the mineral magnesium, the functions it performs in the body and the best forms to take. There are some studies looking at the role magnesium plays in lowering the risk of sudden cardiac death, heart attacks and fatal coronary heart disease in women. I want to continue talking about magnesium because it’s so crucial to heart health for both men and women.†
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the amount of magnesium women took in and the amount of magnesium in their blood and how this related to their risk for sudden cardiac death. The researchers start by saying that magnesium has antiarrhythmic properties. Arrhythmias impact the efficiency of the heart and can prevent the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.†
This particular study looked at over 88,000 women who were free of heart disease in the 1980s. The researchers looked at how much magnesium these women were taking in and updated that information every two to four years. Over 26 years, there were 505 cases of sudden cardiac death or death from arrhythmias. They found that the relative risk of sudden cardiac death was much lower in women with the highest level of magnesium in their food. The researchers also checked their blood plasma and found that women with the highest level of magnesium in their blood saw a 77% relative risk reduction of having sudden cardiac death.†
Cocoa and heart attack risk
Another nutrient we can look at is cocoa. Cocoa is different from chocolate. Cocoa can help reduce the risk of heart disease and having a heart attack, even in people who have already had a heart attack. This is important because the people who are most prone to experiencing heart attacks are those who have already had one. Researchers are finding that cocoa can help prevent that.†
A study in the Journal of Internal Medicine looked at 1,169 people who had a first heart attack. The researchers followed these people for eight years. They found that there is a linear relationship between cocoa and dying from a future heart attack. The more frequently they had cocoa, the less likely they were to die of a heart attack during an eight-year period. If people had cocoa once a month, it lowered the risk of dying from a future heart attack by 27% compared to people who didn’t have cocoa. If they had it once a week, they had a 44% reduced risk of dying from a future heart attack. If they had it twice a week or more, the researchers found that they had a 66% lower risk of dying from a future heart attack than people who didn’t have cocoa.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. continues his discussion on heart attacks in women. He delves into studies on magnesium and cocoa and explains how these nutrients play a role in heart health. Stay tuned for Part 3 of this episode, coming soon.†
- What are arrhythmias?
- How do magnesium levels impact heart attack risk
- The difference between cocoa and chocolate
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