Thyroid Disease: Often Overlooked, but Getting A Diagnosis is Critical For Your Health

Thyroid Hormone Diseases are one of the most common hormonal diseases in the United States.

Hypothyroidism occurs when there is not enough thyroid hormone produced, whereas with hyperthyroidism too much thyroid hormone is released.
Both disorders can cause a variety of symptoms and unfortunately thyroid disorders are frequently missed by primary care physicians. That’s why it is very important for patients to know more about the thyroid gland and it’s functions.

Thyroid Symptoms
When talking about thyroid gland dysfunction it is most common to hear about some of the signs and symptoms that you notice. Symptoms like: fatigue, weight gain, or foggy thinking.
But did you ever stop to think that maybe you could have a thyroid problem even if you’re not having symptoms?
And could thyroid trouble be silently impacting your heart function?

How Does Thyroid Dysfunction Affect The Heart?

cholesterol-blocks-arteryClinical studies have demonstrated that thyroid dysfunction can have a negative impact on lipid levels, left ventricular function and size, and endothelial function. The endothelium is lining of the blood vessel wall.

With less than optimal thyroid hormone levels patients may be more at risk for conditions such as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, as well as congestive heart failure.

Family history is also a risk factor for developing thyroid disease, so it’s important to make sure you get thyroid testing if you have symptoms of thyroid dysfunction or if you have family members with thyroid problems.

Getting regular screening tests of thyroid function could also help prevent problems from occurring as well, and if you have a history of high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease, thyroid testing may also be important for your health.

Open up a dialogue with your doctor, or you can get thyroid testing and bring the results in so that you and your doctor can have a discussion about your results and how your thyroid function may impact your health.