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Hyperthyroidism increases the risk of death compared to the population without hyperthyroidism
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Hyperthyroidism is caused by the thyroid gland becoming overactive and producing high levels of thyroid hormone. Common causes of hyperthyroidism are Graves' disease and toxic nodular goiter. Hyperthyroidism causes many disabling symptoms including muscle weakness, heart palpitations and irregular rhythms and shortness of breath. In severe cases hyperthyroidism can cause heart failure and stroke. Some studies suggest that patients with hyperthyroidism have an increased risk of death as compared to individuals without hyperthyroidism. This study reviewed the major studies on mortality in hyperthyroidsm to determine if an increased death rate was present in hyperthyroid patients. More

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Is there a place for a combined treatment of athyreotic patients with thyroxine and triiodothyronine?
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It is well established that in an area with a sufficient iodine supply, thyroidal secretion contributes approximately 10 percent to 20 percent to the daily T3 production. In the presence of iodine deficiency, this percentage can drastically increase. Therefore, the peripheral tissues of a normal subject are not entirely dependent on T3 generated by conversion from T4. In T4-substituted athyreotic subjects, the lack of thyroid-generated T3 is compensated for by higher serum T4 values. More

Transesophageal echocardiograms can predict risk of blood clots in the heart in hyperthyroid patients with atrial fibrillation
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Hyperthyroidism is a risk factor for the development of atrial fibrillation, a common rhythm disturbance of the heart. Atrial fibrillation may result in blood clots forming in the upper chambers of the heart, and these clots may travel from the heart (embolization) to other organs such as the brain, where the clots may cause a stroke. Often patients with atrial fibrillation will be placed on blood thinner medications (anticoagulants) to reduce the risk of strokes, but the anticoagulants may increase the risk of major bleeding episodes. More

L-T4 treatment of patients with subclinical hypothyroidism can partially restore cardiac flow reserve
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"Subclinical hypothyroidism" is not a disease but a combination of laboratory-test results that may be found in up to 10 percent of the population, and that has many possible causes. It is characterized by an elevated serum TSH level in the face of T4 and T3 levels in the normal range. More


 
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