Heart Attack

Definition A heart attack is the death of, or damage to, part of the heart muscle because the supply of blood to the heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped. Description Heart attack is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 1.5 million Americans suffer a heart attack every year, and almost half a...

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Questions and Answers

What is Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. In autoimmune diseases, your immune system turns on your own organs, cells or tissues that it is supposed to protect. The causes of many autoimmune diseases are not well understood. While around 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, it remains unclear...

Cigarette Smoking and Thyroid Disease

When it comes to cigarette smoking and thyroid disease, there are three major questions that many patients have: What is the relationship between smoking and thyroid disease? Is it worse to smoke if you have thyroid disease? and Is it a coincidence that a diagnosis of hypothyroidism sometimes comes not long after quitting smoking? Let's...

8 Myths Concerning Thyroid Disease Debunked

With respect to thyroid illness, myths and misconceptions abound. Here are 8 of these myths debunked. Myth 1: Only Older Women Develop Thyroid Problems While a woman by the age of 60 has a 1 in 5 chance of developing a thyroid problem, they are not the only people who develop thyroid conditions. Women are vulnerable to...


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