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Dr. Shannon Heitritter

Endocrinology
Seattle, WA
21 years experience female

Locations

Office

Seattle, WA

Address

1145 Broadway, Seattle, WA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

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First Health

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Humana

MultiPlan

National Provider Network

Northwest One/Interplan

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PacifiCare

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Regence

Three Rivers Provider Network

Uniform Medical Plan

UnitedHealthcare

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Endocrinology

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A member asked:
Dr. Shannon Heitritter
Endocrinology 21 years experience
This : This is a great question. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are: fatigue, cold intolerance, constipation, dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, a slower heart rate, and weight gain. Sometimes patients also experience joint aching. Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed with a blood test. If you are having some of these symptoms, it would be a good idea to see you doctor and get tested for hypothyroidism. Most patients feel much better once their hypothyroidism is treated.
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A member asked:
Dr. Shannon Heitritter
Endocrinology 21 years experience
Congratulations : Congratulations on your pregnancy! would recommend that you ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels at your upcoming visit. Many women require a significant increase in their thyroid hormone replacement regimen in early pregnancy. It's really important to ensure that your thyroid levels are ideal throughout pregnancy both for your health and the health of the baby! to be on the safe side, it's probably a good idea to limit your caffeine to less than 200 mg per day (and would discuss with your OB at your visit as well). Also, be sure to take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Best wishes!
A member asked:
Dr. Shannon Heitritter
Endocrinology 21 years experience
I : I wanted to start by reassuring you that hyperthyroidism is very treatable! the first step will be for your endocrinologist to determine the underlying cause of your hyperthyroidism. There are 3 main causes of hyperthyroidism: graves' disease, nodular goiter, or thyroiditis. The way to determine the type of hyperthyroidism you have is by checking a thyroid scan. Sometimes an additional blood test (called "tsi" -- looking for a specific type of thyroid antibody) can be helpful as well. There is a medication that can treat your hyperthyroidism that is well tolerated and generally considered to be safe when trying to conceive. Once your thyroid levels have normalized, you will have normal fertility so do not worry. It is very important for your health and the health of the baby to have normal thyroid levels when you conceive and during your pregnancy so you do want to be monitored carefully in the upcoming months. This is very treatable and would expect you'll do beautifully with appropriate therapy. Best wishes.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Heitritter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard Medical School
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Residency

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

Affiliations

Endocrine Society
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
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