Do Water Pills (Diuretics) Cause Heart Attacks?

Eli Ben-yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-yehuda

On May 14, 2019

In this video, Dr. Berg talks about heart attacks and diuretics. One of the most common diuretics is called thiazide. Thiazide is taken to lower blood pressure by increasing urination and could cause a potassium deficiency. About 40% of people taking diuretics to develop a condition called hypokalemia or low potassium in their blood.

This increases the risk for arrhythmias, problems with the pacemaker of the heart, and increases the risk of heart failure by 10 times. Potassium deficiency in general increases blood pressure.

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Before someone could get arrhythmia issues due to loss of potassium, they are going to first have symptoms in their skeletal muscles.

Symptoms Such As
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Cramps
  • Tetany
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Tight Muscle

  • If you are diabetic and you are taking diuretics, make sure to consume enough potassium either from the diet or supplement to lower the risk of getting a heart attack.

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    Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

    With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes educating people is the best way to improve their overall health.

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