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Can You Die From Graves Disease
Only if untreated.: It would be rare to pass away from graves disease or hashimoto disease, as these diseases are easy to diagnose and treat in this era. Very rarely, if a patient was avoiding medical care, the thyroid condition could, in time, become severe enough to be fatal. ...Read more
Hyperthyroid heart: Hyperthyroidism puts a stress on your heart. The rapid heart rate may be tolerable for a while in a young person, but this can lead to arrhythmias, stroke, heart attacks in older or susceptible people. There is a condition called thyroid storm, which is rare, but involves cardiovascular collapse from extreme hyperthyroidism. ...Read more
Yes: Fast heart beats can be associated with hyperthyroidism, and this can be fatal in certain cases. If your heart is frail due to prior heart attacks or heart failure, a fast heart rate may be too much stress for your heart. This could potentially lead to more dangerous heart rhythms or a heart attack. See your doctor to help you control your hyperthyroidism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It varies: In some cases, the hyperthyroidism will get progressively worse and cause severe damage to the heart and other organs, and can even be fatal. Fortunately this is rare. More common are subtle effects on the brain causing irritability, poor concentration, poor judgment, and poor impulse control leading to trouble at work, and in getting along with others, including spouses and family members. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune disorder: Graves disease is caused by antibodies which stimulate the thyroid gland to proliferate and hypersecrete thyroid hormone. There are aother causes of hyperthyroidism such as nodules or inflamation in the thyroid gland. Rarely excess iodine ingestion can also cause hyperthyroidism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Over active thyroid: Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That leads to symptoms such as excess sweating, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had graves' disease for a year and a half now, how long does it take for someone to be cured from graves' disease?
It depends.: If you are taking anti-thyroid medications (commonly ptu or methimazole), the goal is usually control of the graves', not a cure. To become cured, you would need to consider removal/ablation of the thyroid, either with surgery or radioactive iodine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: If one is hyperthyroid, there are two ways to test for graves' disease: 1) testing for a special type of antibody that is only found in graves' disease: this is a blood test. 2) doing a thyroid uptake and scan: this involves taking a tiny amount of radioactive iodine and then analyze how your thyroid handles it. They are both excellent tests, but the scan provides additional info. ...Read more
I-131 > meds > surg: Many people try the anti-thyroid meds first (ptu or methimazole), but these only work long-term for a modest number of people. If someone has tried and failed one of those meds, then they become more open-minded to the i-131 (radioactive iodine). I-131 usually works well and has a low side-effect profile. Surgery is an option, but has risks, and almost no one actually chooses it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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