In recognition of the 10th National Wear Red Day on February 1, 2013, Go Red For Women asks that Women Go Red across the country to fight heart disease. I normally include new posts on Mondays, however this day Friday, February 1st, 2013, is so important I can’t wait. You bet Hypothyroid Mom is going red for all of us with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid Moms, we are at increased 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 – Top 10 Resources To Find a Great Thyroid Doctor in 2013.
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. If you had any doubt that you were at risk, think again.1,2,3
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
Hypothyroid Moms, we are at risk for a heart attack. Know the warning signs of a heart attack in women. This may save your life.
Dr. Oz provides a great printable checklist on his site: Warning Signs of a Heart Attack in Women.
Did you know that the warning signs for a heart attack are different for men and women? It’s vitally important for women to be able to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack because there is only a small window of time after a heart attack before the heart starts dying.
WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK IN WOMEN CHECKLIST:
- Chest, jaw, neck & shoulder pain
- Nausea, indigestion & stomach pain
- Unusual fatigue
- Dizziness and/or light-headedness
- Shortness of breath
Every hypothyroid mom should watch this excellent video by Go Red For Women 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.
Women with hypothyroidism are at high risk for heart disease, yet few people know it and little attention is given to us in the media. We are at risk of dying from a heart attack, yet few thyroid sufferers are even aware they are in danger. 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. GO RED FOR WOMEN WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM.
Thank you to super thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon and to the National Academy of Hypothyroidism for including Hypothyroid Mom on the 10 Go-To Facebook Pages for Thyroid Patients. The day this article went live 200 thyroid sufferers “liked” my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page within hours. To see so many thyroid sufferers, many with their blue thyroid awareness ribbons, all joining me simultaneously was so incredible that I started crying. I dreamed of a Facebook page where hypothyroid sufferers could share their stories and provide one another with support. I dreamed of a place where we could come together and find better health. It is thanks to all my Facebook followers that my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page has turned into the page I dreamed.
- Thyroid Federation International. How thyroid hormones impact your heart. Retrieved from: http://www.thyroidweek.com/en/thyroid-heart-hormones-impact-your-heart.html ↩
- Go Red For Women. About heart disease in women. Retrieved from: http://www.goredforwomen.org/home/about-heart-disease-in-women/ ↩
- Go Red For Women. Fact Sheet 2012-2013. Retrieved from: http://8ca811578988a4d7e3a1-f3ba23e3fdeceb950c4367099c326e8a.r74.cf1.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FINAL_Go-Red-2012-13-Fact-Sheet_11.16.12.pdf ↩