Go Red For Women With Hypothyroidism

Go Red For Women With Hypothyroidism

In recognition of National Wear Red Day, 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. Hypothyroid Moms, 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 – 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. 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, undiagnosed or insufficiently treated hypothyroidism increases the risk of heart complications including 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.

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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. 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. 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.

  1. Thyroid Federation International. How thyroid hormones impact your heart. Retrieved from: http://www.thyroidweek.com/en/thyroid-heart-hormones-impact-your-heart.html
  2. Go Red For Women. About heart disease in women. Retrieved from: http://www.goredforwomen.org/home/about-heart-disease-in-women/
  3. 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

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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+

Comments

  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

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