Go Red For Women With Hypothyroidism

Go Red for Women with Hypothyroidism

In recognition of National Wear Red Day February 6, 2015, Go Red For Women asks that Women Go Red across the country to fight heart disease. You bet Hypothyroid Mom is going red for all of us with hypothyroidism. Undiagnosed or insufficiently treated hypothyroidism increases the risk for heart disease. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change together. GO RED FOR WOMEN WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM.

One look at my post Is Your Thyroid KILLING You? Heart Disease will make it clear that hypothyroidism increases our risk of heart disease. Plain and simple.

Proper treatment of hypothyroidism will reduce your risk factors for heart disease. The key is ensuring you are properly diagnosed and treated. If you suffer from heart disease, get your thyroid checked. If you are being treated for hypothyroidism yet you still suffer from heart disease, it may be time to get a second opinion – 30 online resources to find a good thyroid doctor.

For this post I’ve decided to take quotes from two important sources, The Thyroid Federation International and Go Red For Women, and lay them one after the other to show you just how serious the risk really is for hypothyroid moms. 123

It’s time for women to stand together in the fight for their lives. Because heart disease is their No. 1 killer, affecting more women than men. 

The thyroid produces hormones which are essential for keeping your heart working as it should. The most important thyroid hormones are thyroxine (T4), and triiodothyronine (T3). T3 is the more active thyroid hormone and responsible for growth, development, and virtually all cellular processes. It regulates the heart rate, pulse, blood circulation, heart contractility and oxygen consumption.

Heart disease kills approximately one woman every minute. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

Hypothyroidism causes your heart to beat too slowly or irregularly, to flutter with missing or additional beats. As a consequence bradycardia may develop; this form of arrhythmia leaves your organs and tissues without enough oxygen and nutrients. Severe bradycardia can result in cardiac arrest.

Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

Hypothyroidism causes your blood pressure to change. Over time, high blood pressure will develop with the consequence of developing atherosclerosis, a risk for heart attack and stroke.

Only about 50 percent of women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Hypothyroidism causes your cholesterol in the blood to rise and calcification, so called plaque, to develop in your arteries and makes them stiff. All these effects increase the risk for atherosclerosis, heart attack and heart failure.

Women are less likely to call 9-1-1 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else.

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

According to Go Red For Women:4

Symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Every woman should watch this excellent video starring Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks. Just a Little Heart Attack is a little film about a super mom who takes care of everyone except herself.

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Women with untreated or insufficiently treated hypothyroidism are at risk for heart disease, yet few people know it and little attention is given to us in the media. Inadequately treated hypothyroidism increases the risk of heart complications, yet few thyroid sufferers are even aware they are in danger. This is why it’s so important for hypothyroid moms to ensure they receive optimal thyroid treatment. There are millions of hypothyroidism sufferers worldwide who don’t even know they have hypothyroidism. They are at risk of heart disease and have no clue.

You bet Hypothyroid Mom will support the Go Red For Women initiative to spread awareness about the dangers of heart disease in women. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change together.


  1. Thyroid Federation International. How thyroid hormones impact your heart
  2. Go Red For Women. About heart disease in women
  3. Go Red For Women. Fact Sheet 2012-2013
  4. Go Red For Women. Symptoms of a heart attack

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About Dana Trentini

Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of my neck could affect my life so completely? I founded Hypothyroid Mom in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Winner of two 2014 WEGO Health Activist Awards: Health Activist Hero & Best In Show Twitter. *Hypothyroid Mom includes Affiliate links. Connect with me on Google+


  1. Lucy Di Matteo says:

    Hi Dana,

    I am a friend of Johann, your sister in law. I work part time at the Maple CC and full time for the provincial government. I have two children, my son is 12 and my daughter is 9. My dad (only living parent) is 88 with dimensia and had a stroke – I visit him twice a week. And yes, I have hypothyroid. I noticed I gained over 25 lbs after giving birth to my daughter. I am on Synthroid, but noticed that I did not take all the weight off, I work out about twice a week and eat healthy – maybe have a sweet or extra cheese at a party, but that’s it. I am tired – look at our lifestyle – and noticed that I get heart pulpitations late at night – kind of like anxiety attacks. I am concerned about heart disease as my mother had an aortic disection at 77 and dimensia – I do forget lately – I’m only 44 and my dad has it. Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Lou Greaves says:

    Hi Dana,
    I have had quite a lot of stress in my life. My Dad died in 2012 which left me devastated, my husband walked out exactly a year later in 2013 leaving me with two teenagers and looking after my Mum of 90 years. I was diagnosed hypothyroid in Oct 2013 and put onto 50mcg levothyroxine, I had symptoms for years, chronic muscle pain and stiffness in joints. I had a heart attack in Jan 2014, I had been feeling really ill a few days before, full of anxiety, sick bringing up bile and with no energy whatsover, awful belching, and felt a tearing in my neck when I was being sick, I remember it so well as it was such a weird sensation. I just stayed in bed for the weekend. A few days later I went out for the day feeling I needed a day off. Unfortunately it turned out to be a day of full on stress. In the evening I had a slight heart attack. My family managed to get me some heart supplements from the first day after the attack. My angiogram showed my arteries were clear thank goodness, whilst all the women around me were having stents and triple heart bypasses, I was so relieved. I finally got to see the cardiologist for the first time since the heart attack and was told that the MRI scan showed a slightly narrowed junction which they think caught a blood clot which dissolved itself before the angiogram which I had 3 days later as they kept forgetting to put me on the list. I have a slight nick in the heart which I have been told won’t affect me and to go and enjoy a normal life. I am on 25mch levothyroxine which the doctor put me on after a T4 test in February and no doctor wants to touch me now or alter the dose because of the heart attack. I have symptoms of hypothroid, very ‘manly’ belching, palpitations which scare me now because of the heart attack. Any heart symptoms send me into anxiety and worry of another heart attack. A nutritionist said I have to be very careful with the thyroid owing to my heart problem. I have lost over 2 stone since the attack, I eat so healthily now, I don’t care if it tastes awful, I get worried about even having a slice of bread. I am trying to be gluten free and take lots of supplements for the heart. I have refused statins as my cholesterol wasn’t high in the first place. I am due to come off Clopidogrel (Plavix) in January but have been told to stay on the low dose aspirin although I am looking for natural alternatives and the correct dosage to take instead. I had my amalgam fillings removed during 2010 and 2011 and had 14 amalgam fillings up to that point. I don’t remember the dentist doing any procedure to stop the amalgam being inhaled or swallowed, I do remember swallowing a big chunk. Although I was at the bottom of the recommended level of magnesium I am now taking magnesium supplements along with zinc. If I am feeling a bit off I find a banana helps. I know a lot of women are having heart attacks without a clear cause, perhaps hypothyroid is the cause! My Mum of 90 is on levothyroxine and is starting dementia, it makes me wonder if she needs T3 testing, she also has pains in her arm and shoulder and cannot stand for long. Great articles on the site, has helped me a great deal.
    Lou x

  3. sunnysally says:

    Why is it just for women, what about men with hypothyroidism? It’s not right to leave an entire gender out like that.

  4. There is definately a lot to learn about this topic. I like all of the points you made.

  5. I have been suffering from all symptoms for hypothyroid for over ten years. My doctors kept putting me on antidepressants that never really worked./ I couldn’t get off the couch, wanted to sleep, gained weight when hardly eat,Finally, i started searching on my own, reading health maazines, books etc., I began to think it may be hormone related since i had a total hysterectomy after my second son was born. one year after he was born I had surgery and had endometriosis. I wasnt on any hormone replacement so i thought maybe looking up that avenue be a start. I couldn’t stand for my sons to see me this way!!I use to work two jobs when they were little, and now, when they will remember….mom, on couch, unable to work, not able to keep up with cleaning etc., i began to feel they’d be better of without me, but i am all they have, no father in their lives I secluded myself from friends and outings due to embarrassment of weight gain and being on welfare, like anybody wants to be on welfare. Finding your website for hypothyroid moms, and reading other women going thru the exact same feelings, symptoms etc i was. I couldn’t believe it. have been so sick of feeling sick and no energy, i was truly at the end of my willingness to figure out what the heck was wrong with me…..now, i’m on levothyroxine .25mcg. don’t feel any better. howeer, I do finally feel that there is a light at the end of this miserable life!! I have not one friend of mine who even tries to reach out to me, i also was in an abusive relationship to where i was stalked and kidnapped, locked me in his house for 3=4 days, he told me several times how he could kill me and get away with it…..so, now that my boys are 18, 19, i’m experiencing ptsd. i was so busy raising two babies ten months apart, born by c-sections, took all of my focus. now, with more time alone, at age 52 on august 3rd, i don’t feel i have a life. don’t know who i am besides “mom”. I’ve avoided get togethers with my (use to be, very good friends), because of embarrassment of weight etc. I so hope i am able to find a doctor that will be knowledgeable of this thyroid misery. i have seen a neuropsychatry doctor who did say that alot of my ailments are from low thyroid. undergoing testing first to see if any damage of brain from being punched in the head so many times, but when he said that, i felt for the first time, this doc just might help me. thank you for sharing all your stories!!! You pretty much saved my life when i read how others were feeling as bad as i was. i just hope something helps soon, my life is lacking life right now. haven’t been able to work, so no income. very hard when have teenagers etc., anyway, thank you for the information etc!!!!


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