Cardiovascular health and thyroid function in older people
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Cardiovascular health and thyroid function in older people

Ruth Sander Independent consultant, Care of older people

Thyroid hormones have significant effects on the cardiovascular system. In general, high levels of thyroid hormones, or hyperthyroidism, are associated with an increased risk of altered heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation. Reduced levels of thyroid hormone found in hypothyroidism may cause atherosclerosis.

Nursing Older People. 31, 3, 10-10. doi: 10.7748/nop.31.3.10.s9

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