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Does it matter that I have a heart condition if I abuse laxatives?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Yes

Overuse of laxatives is a common cause of low potassium which is an important contributing factor to cardiac rhythm disturbances.
Have you tried eating a high fiber diet? A bowl or two of all-bran a day will usually work wonders for people with chronic constipation. If you don't like the taste, mix it with your favorite cereal and/or add raisins or your fruit of choice.

In brief: Yes

Overuse of laxatives is a common cause of low potassium which is an important contributing factor to cardiac rhythm disturbances.
Have you tried eating a high fiber diet? A bowl or two of all-bran a day will usually work wonders for people with chronic constipation. If you don't like the taste, mix it with your favorite cereal and/or add raisins or your fruit of choice.
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