High Levels of Thyroid Hormone Associated With Artery Disease and Death

Atherosclerosis is a disease where there is plaque formation in the arteries. Hardened arteries are a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High and high-normal levels of a thyroid hormone called thyroxine or FT4, are associated with artery disease and death in elderly and middle-aged people, was identified in a new research published in Circulation Research, an American Heart Association journal. FT4 or free thyroxine is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland that is responsible for regulating metabolism. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are thyroid diseases that are caused by increased and decreased levels of circulating free thyroxine respectively.

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