Symptoms of Overactive Thyroid
Posted Feb 18, 2013
The risk of hyperthyroidism increases with age. The diagnosis of
thyroid disease can be particularly tricky in older people,
according to Harvard Medical School.
While older people can experience these classic symptoms, the
following symptoms may also provide important clues to possible
Depression. An older person with hyperthyroidism is more likely
than a younger person with the disease to develop depression.
Heart failure. The heavy burden an overactive thyroid places on
the heart can lead to heart failure -- a condition where the heart
cannot pump blood effectively.
Atrial fibrillation. In one study, 35 percent of older people
with hyperthyroidism experienced disorganized heart rhythms.
Excessive weight loss. A younger person with hyperthyroidism may
experience some weight loss, but older people tend to lose even more
weight, and may even appear malnourished.
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