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These Antibiotics Cause Heart Problems

From eNewsletters 9/16/2019

DID YOU KNOW that a study in Nutrients examined the effects of magnesium supplementation in preventing muscle damage in professional cyclists taking part in a 21-day cycling stage race? Supplementation consisted of an intake of 400 mg/day of magnesium during the 3 weeks of competition. Myoglobin increase was mitigated in the supplemented group compared with the non-supplemented group. Thus, magnesium supplementation exerted a protective effect on muscle damage.


Steve and Bonnie: Scientists have shown for the first time a link between two types of heart problems and one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics.

In a study published last week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers found that users of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, such as Ciprofloxacin or Cipro, face a 2.4 times greater risk of developing aortic and mitral regurgitation, where the blood backflows into the heart, compared to patients who take amoxicillin, a different type of antibiotic. The greatest risk is within 30 days of use.

Recent studies have also linked the same class of antibiotics to other heart problems.

Some physicians favor fluoroquinolones over other antibiotics for their broad spectrum of antibacterial activity and high oral absorption.

For years, we have warned our clients about taking fluoroquinolones. We have seen numerous cases of detached retinas, torn achilles, and other connective tissue issues very soon after fluoroquinolone prophylaxis.

It would make sense that the heart would be affected as well because it contains connective tissue.

We can discern from your genetic report if you are at increased risk for adverse effects from fluoroquinolones. If you have not had your genetic report done, we recommend avoiding this class of antibiotics until you do.

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