(Lauren Hellicar/ Medical News Today) –– Hyperthyroidism causes the body to produce too much thyroid hormone. People with this condition are more likely to have cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure, known as hypertension.
The thyroid gland plays an important role in how the body uses energy. If it overproduces thyroid hormone, it can speed up bodily functions, such as the heart rate. As a result, this can cause increased blood pressure.
According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), people are also at increased risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation — an irregular heart rhythm. (…)