Higher thyroid hormone linked to artery disease, death
New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): A study has recently warned increase in levels of a thyroid hormone is linked to artery disease and death in elderly and middle-aged people. The findings indicated that increasing FT4 levels">FT4 levels is linked to twice the odds of having high levels of coronary artery calcification scores - which may be an indicator of subclinical atherosclerosis. The researchers analysed data from 9,420 participants with the average age 65 with 57 percent women. They looked at two types of hormones: thyroid-stimulating hormone and free thyroxine (known as FT4) and their link to atherosclerosis and death due to coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease or other artery-related illness. FT4 is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland that helps control the rate at which the body uses energy. Atherosclerosis is the process of progressive thickening and hardening of the walls of arteries from fat deposits on their inner lining. Increasing FT4 levels">FT4 levels is linked to 87 percent greater risk of suffering an atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular event, double the risk of atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular death.