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How does the thyroid affect heart failure?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The thyroid gland produces hormones that help the muscles in the body function properly. An overactive thyroid gland produces too much hormone. As a result, the heart beats too rapidly for it to eject the proper volume of blood with each heartbeat. An underactive thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones and the heart muscle, along with all of the muscles in the body, become weak. Both an overactive and underactive thyroid can result in heart failure. Blood tests determine if the thyroid is functioning properly.

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