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Hypermagnesemia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Hypermagnesemia is a condition that develops when the amount of magnesium in your body is too high. Magnesium is a mineral that helps your heart, muscles, and nerves work normally. It also helps strengthen your bones.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

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Medicines:

  • Diuretics may be given to help clear magnesium from your kidneys by increasing the amount your urinate.
  • Calcium may be given to treat heart problems caused by hypermagnesemia.

Telemetry monitoring:

This test is also called an EKG or ECG. Sticky pads are placed on your skin and attached to a monitor. Healthcare providers will record your heart's electrical activity to monitor for irregular or slow heartbeats.

Tests:

Blood tests will be done to show the level of magnesium in your blood.

Treatment:

  • IV fluids may be given to help clear magnesium from your kidneys.
  • Dialysis may be needed if you have kidney failure. Dialysis is a treatment to remove chemicals and waste from your blood when your kidneys can no longer do this.

RISKS:

Hypermagnesemia can lead to muscle paralysis, coma, and a decreased heart rate. Hypermagnesemia can become life-threatening.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

Further information

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