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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Hyperthyroidism is a condition that develops when your thyroid hormone levels are high. Thyroid hormones help control body temperature, heart rate, growth, and weight.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE:
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You may need extra oxygen
if your blood oxygen level is lower than it should be. You may get oxygen through a mask placed over your nose and mouth or through small tubes placed in your nostrils. Ask your healthcare provider before you take off the mask or oxygen tubing.
A heart monitor
is an EKG that stays on continuously to record your heart's electrical activity.
You may need to eat more to give your body the extra energy it needs. Foods high in protein will help prevent weight loss. A healthcare provider may help set up a meal plan with you.
- Anxiety medicine may help you feel calm and relaxed.
- Antithyroid medicine may help decrease your thyroid hormone level.
- Heart medicines may help slow your heart rate.
- Blood tests may be done to monitor your thyroid hormone level.
- A sample of your thyroid gland tissue may show what is causing your condition and the best treatment plan for you.
- A thyroid scan may show how well your thyroid is working. Radioactive liquid is put into your IV or is given to you to drink. The part of your thyroid gland that still works absorbs the dye. Two to 48 hours later, healthcare providers use a machine called a scintillator to take pictures of your thyroid.
- An x-ray may be done to check your lungs and heart.
- An EKG records your heart rhythm and how fast your heart beats.
- Radioactive iodine is given to damage or kill some thyroid gland cells. This may decrease the amount of thyroid hormone produced. Tell your healthcare provider if you know or think you are pregnant. This medicine can be harmful to an unborn baby.
- Surgery may be done to remove all or part of the thyroid gland.
Even after successful treatment, you may still have signs and symptoms or they may return. Without treatment, your signs and symptoms may get worse. Your eyes may continue to bulge and affect your eyesight. You may lose too much weight and become weak. Your heart may be damaged. You may also have a thyroid storm. Your temperature may go very high, your heart may beat fast, and you may have problems thinking. You may go into a coma, which can be life-threatening.
CARE AGREEMENT:You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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