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