Imbalance in thyroid levels can lead to various ailments. Medical science is evolving by each passing day – making it possible to acquire knowledge of the human body and of the multiple disorders that can affect it. Now, it has been found that high levels of thyroid can lead to an irregular heartbeat. The Journal Circulation has published this report, and this is yet another compelling reason for why a person should opt for a thyroid test on an yearly basis. The higher the thyroid hormones are in the blood, the higher the risk is for developing this condition. In the medical world, this condition is called the atrial fibrillation.
Atria are the upper chambers of the heart that beat more rapidly in this condition than they do at the regular rate. A study was conducted with 30,085 people across Europe, US, and Australia. The research used data from 11 studies conducted. The thyroid function and correspondence of irregular heartbeat in them were recorded.
How is the risk increased
The risk of atrial fibrillation was further augmented by the presence of free thyroxine in the blood levels as compared to people who had lower levels. Also, the presence of free thyroxine or FT4 increased the risk by 45%. When the condition is developed, there are many symptoms one can experience – sweating, fatigue, shivers, anxiety, and fainting being some of the main. A few people also experience giddiness. When not treated at the right hour, the condition can gradually lead to heart attacks and stroke. The affected can also become disabled for life and these ailments can even be fatal. Relative to people who have lower levels of these hormones in the blood, the risk of developing AFib is increased by 17% in the people who have these hormones at the higher end of normal range.
It is also found that thyroxine, the highest prescribed drug, leads to increase of free thyroxine in the blood. Studies should be conducted in order to check if the patients who take these drugs also suffer the same consequences. The wise move will be checking for thyroid symptoms and seeing if the thyroid levels are higher or lower in the body.
How to maintain the health of the thyroid gland
Unfortunately, one of the most important glands of the human body often ends up being the most neglected. Various measures, listed below, can be taken to ensure that this gland is at its best of health.
- Iodine plays a crucial role in the creation of thyroxine, the thyroid hormone. Choose iodine rich foods to rule out iodine deficiency. But too much iodine can lead to goitre.
- Taking adequate proteins in the diet can help in maintaining healthy thyroid levels. Eggs, nuts, seeds, and legumes are excellent sources of protein. This is because protein is responsible for taking up thyroid hormones to the tissues of the body and also aids in the proper functioning of the thyroid hormones.
- Healthy and good fats are mandatory for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Butter, coconut oil, ghee, nuts, and full-fat cheese are good options for natural fat sources.
- The proper gut ecology is significant if you want to improve thyroid functioning. This helps in enhancing thyroid functioning by 20%.
Apart from these dietary habits, ensure that you go for the thyroid blood test at regular intervals, as prescribed by your doctor.