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High Thyroid Levels Can Lead to Atherosclerosis

Have you had your thyroid checked lately?

A recent study has correlated high thyroid levels with hardened blood vessels, a serious risk factor for heart disease. Hardened blood vessels occur when plaque builds up on artery walls; this is called atherosclerosis and it can prove deadly. More than 17 million people a year die as a result of a heart attack. Strokes are not far behind as a leading cause of death worldwide. We’re getting better at preventing and treating heart disease, but not good enough. If we can identify more risk factors earlier we can begin to apply various modes of prevention, from lifestyle changes to prescription medication, and save countless lives in the process.

The risk factors we already know about for heart disease include smoking, obesity, preeclampsia during pregnancy, diabetes, and a family history of heart disease. We can now, in all likelihood, include elevated hormone levels to watch-list.

The hormone free thyroxine is the specific culprit, according to analysis presented at The Endocrine Society’s annual conference. A Dutch research team from the University of Rotterdam tracked the health of almost 10,000 individuals with a median age of 65. Those with higher levels of FT4 were at a greater risk for plaque build-up. The plaque build-up is made of fats, cholesterol, cell waste, and calcium. This “junk” impedes blood flow, which can cause angina or kidney disease. A piece of the plaque may become dislodged, or a blood clot could form on the plaque; this is how a heart attack or stroke is instigated.

We’re increasingly attuned to how lifestyle changes can mitigate the risk of heart disease and prevent countless needless deaths. This revelation regarding the thyroid hormone free thyroxine could be a game-changer. While we are still awaiting the proper course of peer review and publication, this information is quite astonishing. It could save your life. The public must be made aware of the connection between hormones and heart attacks. If you are over the age of 50, it may be time for a serious health inventory. If you want to live a long life, and not only stay alive but live well, then you need to prevent and prepare.

Get your hormone levels checked at Evolved Medical, so that your life can remain amazing for the rest of your days.

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