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Hypomagnesemia is a condition that develops when the amount of magnesium in your body is too low. Magnesium is a mineral that helps your heart, muscles, and nerves work normally. It also helps strengthen your bones.
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Magnesium will be given through an IV if you have moderate to life-threatening hypomagnesemia.
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 fast heartbeats.
- Blood tests will show the level of magnesium in your blood.
- Urine tests will show the amount of magnesium leaving your body through your urine.
Hypomagnesemia can lead to low calcium and potassium in your blood. Severe hypomagnesemia can lead to seizures, and a fast or irregular heart rate. Hypomagnesemia can become life-threatening.
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