Subclinical Hyperthyroidism

Thursday, July 28, 2011

People with subclinical hyperthyroidism have a greater chance of having some of the more serious problems related to hyperthyroidism such as heart and bone problems but experts do not know whether the benefits of treating subclinical hyperthyroidism outweigh the risks. Dr. Edward Hill discusses subclinical hyperthyroidism in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Subclinical hyperthyroidism is a mild form of hyperthyroidism. Subclinical means that you do not have any symptoms, or that your symptoms are mild.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which there is too much thyroid hormone in the body. The thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck. It produces hormones that regulate the way your body uses energy. If there is too much thyroid hormone, your body functions speed up.

Several things can cause your body to have too much thyroid hormone. Your thyroid gland may be producing too much. A virus can cause inflammation of the thyroid, which leads to a temporary increase in thyroid hormone levels.

People older than about 65 years who have subclinical hyperthyroidism have an increased risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

Most doctors do not test patients for subclinical hyperthyroidism unless they have symptoms. There is no evidence that treating subclinical hyperthyroidism will improve health outcomes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.