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  • Interesting Positive Experience

    As you know, any reaction, positive or negative with HCM is mainly an individual occurance.
    When we last met our intrepid author, he had been having some rough nights with both chest tightness and what could have been heartburn.
    This was a difficult period also due to the fact that he was about to leave on a vacation and would be away from the normal outlets for treatment.
    Luckly, he was able to get a good nights sleep before he had to begin the long drive from Atlanta to Orlando. (Jeez, enough of the 3rd person)
    So, the heartburn still was bothering me on the way down. Being a troubleshooter for a living, it became apparent that I needed to isolate whether the problem was truly heartburn, or possible something else. Therefore, at the next rest stop, I purchased some Pepcid AC.
    A few hours later, we arrived at our hotel. My wife was all prepared to take the kids to a playground and give me a chance to rest. However, I was now feeling very good, so I was able to remain with my family. I also felt good walking around International Drive, later that night, and was able to handle an entire day at Universal on Sunday.
    Throughout the last few months of my HCM, I had this strange buzz or vibe which I associated with fatigue. It would get worse in the afternoon and evenings, but it was always was there. Suddenly, this feeling was totally gone.
    Now here is the weird synchronicity that occurred. We left Orlando and headed down to South Florida. While driving down, we had on some AM radio show. The subject was good health and the guest was talking about the lack of Magnesium in most peoples diets. He was saying that this was important for calcium absorbtion, especially for a healthy heart. I didn't take this too seriously, but made a mental note to check the ingrediants of Pepcid AC for Magnesium. Sure enough...
    By the time I finished the drive, I was finally feeling my usual fatigue and that strange vibe was back (after almost two days).
    To further check this theory out, I headed for Wal-Mart and purchased some Calcium-Magnesium vitamins. Within a few hours I was feeling good again.
    Now it wasn't a perfect answer. I did have some alcohol and then experienced some tightness. I also took a long beach walk and got very out of breath. This is not something that would make me cancel my surgery. But it is something that can get me through the next 3 1/2 weeks, and something I will continue to do once the I'm recovering from the myectomy.
    Fx

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    Re: Interesting Positive Experience

    i take slow-mag, a coated magnesium tablet, every day and it makes the BIGGEST difference in how i feel; more so than if i skipped a beta-blocker.

    most americans don't get enough magnesium, so keep it up and add more leafy greens, seeds, and nuts to your diet.

    congrats on finding out you need magnesium!

    sarah

    (i also take a mult-vitamin/supplement with calcium, potassium, and sodium --"electrolytes")

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      Re: Interesting Positive Experience

      Being an old guy, I take a daily dose of Centrum Silver which has 100 mg of Magnesium or 25% of the daily recommended dosage. I augment this with 1,000 mg of Vitamin C, and 400 units of Vitamin E, an aspirin, and 100 mg of grape seed extract. (The free radicals are supposed to help the arterial walls - plus I found it is lowering my creatinin level [I also have kidney problems]). Because of my many (not so) interesting diagnoses I'm also on a diet that contains lots of vegetables and salads, so I expect I'm getting all the vitamins and minerals I need.

      Very interesting to hear about your experiences with Pepsid AC. Thanks for sharing. Wish you well, and - enjoy your vacation.

      Burt Borrok

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        Re: Interesting Positive Experience

        I'm really glad you found something that made such a difference in the way you feel! Hope you continue to do better.

        Reenie
        Reenie

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        Husband has HCM.
        3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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        • #5
          Re: Interesting Positive Experience

          Magnesium is important to overall heart health. I know of no specific study relating to HCM and Magnesium - (HINT HINT HINT)
          I too feel better when I take Magnesium.
          Best to all,
          Lisa
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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          • #6
            Re: Interesting Positive Experience

            What exactly does magnes do?

            Patrick Von Mende

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            • #7
              Re: Interesting Positive Experience

              This is general information - NOT HCM specific

              Magnesium and heart disease
              Magnesium deficiency can cause metabolic changes that may contribute to heart attacks and strokes (31-33). There is also evidence that low body stores of magnesium increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms (4), which may increase the risk of complications associated with a heart attack. Population surveys have associated higher blood levels of magnesium with lower risk of coronary heart disease (34-36). In addition, dietary surveys have suggested that a higher magnesium intake is associated with a lower risk of stroke (37). Further studies are needed to understand the complex relationships between dietary magnesium intake, indicators of magnesium status, and heart disease.

              http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/supplements/magn.html#what
              Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
              YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

              Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
              lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
              Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
              Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
              Currently not obstructed
              Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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              • #8
                Re: Interesting Positive Experience

                Hi, all,

                I was just looking for info on aspirin vs. acetominophin and found this topic that I had missed.

                I also have found that taking Ca-Mg-Zn combos help arrhythmias. I'll try this again now. Thanks for reminding me!

                Rhoda

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