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Hypomagnesemia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

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Medicines:

Magnesium will be given through an IV if you have moderate to life-threatening hypomagnesemia.

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 fast heartbeats.

Tests:

  • 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.

RISKS:

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.

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.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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