Thyroid

What is it?

Cause of Thyroid

Thyroid disease is a general term used when the thyroid doesn’t work the way it should; producing too little or too much thyroid hormones. When the gland produces an excessive number of thyroid hormones, it is called hyperthyroidism. On the contrary, too little production of hormones is a condition called hypothyroidism. An immediate medical attention is needed when diagnosed with either of these conditions as both are serious health complications.

It is important to know what thyroid gland is, where it is located, and its importance in having a healthy life.

Thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland found in the front of the neck, just below the adam’s apple, and is wrapped around the windpipe. Its main function is to produce hormones which the body needs in order to regulate the body’s metabolic rate. Metabolism, then, is responsible for allowing our body to break down nutrients from our foods to repair and maintain the normal functioning of our body including the heart, muscle and digestive function, brain development, and bone maintenance. 

As the thyroid gland plays a major role in regulating various body functions, having problems that hinders this gland to produce the right amount of needed hormones may result in different health problems which an individual should be aware of.

Though thyroid disease is very common and is usually a life-long medical condition which can be managed through constant medication. Untreated and severe cases of thyroid diseases such as myxedema (the most severe form of hypothyroidism) is considered a life-threatening condition. This can make a person lose consciousness, go into coma, or in most severe cases---death.

 

Too much thyroid hormone will make you use your energy too quickly hence resulting in tiredness, faster heart beat, and weight lose. Too little of thyroid hormone can also cause tiredness, weight gain, and vulnerability to cold temperatures. These diseases can be passed down to generations.

Why is it bad?

Carotid

When the carotid artery is blocked by plagues such as fats, cholesterol built up, and other materials, carotid artery disease occurs. 

 

As the carotid arteries are major blood vessels located in the neck and are responsible for delivering blood supply to the brain, face, and neck, having any plagues that may cause blockage is highly dangerous. 

What is it?

Cause of Thyroid

Blockages of plagues that may have obstructed the blood flow in the arteries may vary from minimal, partial, and complete blockage. These blockages and narrowing of the arteries may affect the normal functioning of the brain and chances of having a stroke also increases

Why is it bad?

Carotid artery disease poses real danger in your health. As mentioned above, there is an increased rate of having strokes due to oxygen deprivation. Strokes can cause serious brain damages and are fatal in severe cases.

 

Though carotid artery disease may occur without prior noticeable symptoms, you should be aware that some of its symptoms:

 

  • sudden numbness of face or limbs;

  • sudden trouble in speaking;

  • sudden dizziness;

  • sudden and severe headache.

 

These symptoms are similar symptoms of stroke. You should seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of these symptoms. Carotid artery disease is a fatal condition which needs medical intervention. Treatments in accordance with this disease may include a combination of healthy life-style changes, medication, and surgery in some cases.