Although many of us fail to realize it, the function of the thyroid can impact the overall wellness of your body. The thyroid gland is a part of the endocrine system, meaning it helps to produce, store, and release important hormones into the bloodstream.
Specifically, the thyroid pulls iodine from the food we eat in order to produce two hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Having the proper amount of iodine in our diets allows for the proper functioning of the thyroid. The thyroid gland works to ensure enough hormones in the Thyroid are being produced in order to maintain proper function of the cells. In addition, a well-functioning thyroid helps to regulate the body’s digestive functions, heart functions, metabolic rate, brain development, and mood.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, weight gain, and/or difficulty losing weight, you may be suffering from an abnormal thyroid. Luckily, there is a holistic cardiologist in Nassau County that can help find the right treatment plan for your needs. At the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island – we specialize in functional medicine, integrative medicine, and naturopathic means in Nassau County on Long Island.
What Could Go Wrong?
If the thyroid gland begins to produce too much or not enough hormones, there could be issues. Thyroids could also potentially become enlarged or develop lumps, leading to further health detriments. Because of the widespread impact, the thyroid gland has on your body, when it comes to managing your holistic heart health, it is an integral part of a metabolic consultation. A holistic cardiologist in Nassau County may be able to diagnose you with some of the following thyroid issues:
- Hyperthyroidism – occurs when the thyroid is overproducing hormones. Can result in weight loss, irritability, increased heart rate, and weakness.
- Hypothyroidism – occurs when the thyroid is underproducing hormones. Can result in weight gain, depression, and sluggishness due to the fact that it slows the overall function of the metabolism.
- Goiter – Swelling of the thyroid gland. Can be caused by a lack of iodine, and may result in a noticeable bulge in the neck, coughing, or vocal hoarseness.
- Nodules – Growths or lumps on the thyroid. Can cause overproduction of hormones and in some cases can be cancerous. If you suspect this, do not hesitate to contact a holistic cardiologist in Nassau County as soon as possible.
How does this affect my heart?
The thyroid gland and the heart are intertwined. A malfunctioning thyroid gland can have adverse effects on your overall heart function. Hypothyroidism, the most common thyroid malfunction, can lead to a slowed heart rate. It also can decrease the elasticity of arteries, resulting in high blood pressure or hardness and narrowing of arteries. Hyperthyroidism can also be harmful to the heart. The excess thyroid hormones produced from this condition can cause the heart to race or trigger abnormal heart rhythms. Hyperthyroidism can also lead to increased blood pressure and for those with clogged heart arteries, the combination of an increased heart rate and high blood pressure can lead to angina or chest pain. If you feel that you are experiencing any of the listed problems associated with abnormal thyroid function, contact a holistic cardiologist in Nassau County at Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island. We can help you get the proper treatment to improve the overall function of the thyroid gland.