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Can calcium deficiency affect my heart health?

Yes, calcium deficiency can have detrimental effects on heart health due to its vital role in maintaining proper heart function. Calcium is a key player in the heart's ability to contract and relax efficiently, enabling it to pump blood effectively throughout the body.


When calcium levels are low, the heart's ability to contract and relax may be compromised, leading to irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias.


These irregular heart rhythms can disrupt the normal flow of blood and potentially lead to high blood pressure.


Additionally, inadequate calcium levels may result in heart palpitations, a sensation of fluttering or pounding in the chest, which can be concerning and uncomfortable.


In severe cases, prolonged calcium deficiency can even contribute to heart failure, a condition where the heart is unable to pump blood adequately to meet the body's demands.


Heart failure can lead to fatigue, shortness of breath, and fluid retention, requiring medical attention and management.


Maintaining sufficient calcium levels through a well-balanced diet and, if necessary, supplements, is essential for promoting heart health and preventing potential cardiovascular problems associated with calcium deficiency.


Regular check-ups and consultations with healthcare professionals can help monitor calcium levels and ensure overall heart well-being.


References:

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  2. Catalano A, Basile G, Lasco A. Hypocalcemia: a sometimes overlooked cause of heart failure in the elderly. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2012 Aug;24(4):400-3. doi: 10.1007/BF03325272. PMID: 23238316.

  3. Baqi DH, Ahmed SF, Baba HO, Fattah FH, Salih AM, Ali RM, Saed DHAH, Kakamad FH. Hypocalcemia as a cause of reversible heart failure: A case report and review of the literature. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2022 Apr 5;77:103572. doi: 10.1016/j.amsu.2022.103572. PMID: 35637983; PMCID: PMC9142408.

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