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Treating Subclinical Hyperthyroidism

Subclinical hyperthyroidism is when a person has no apparent symptoms but blood tests confirm a diagnosis of an overactive thyroid. Treating subclinical hyperthyroidism may be more important in older adults than in younger patients.
 
For people over age 60, subclinical hyperthyroidism increases the chance of developing a rapid, irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation -- a condition that may lead to congestive heart failure or stroke.
 
Untreated hyperthyroidism can also speed up the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, particularly in women, and increase the likelihood of bone fractures. It may also increase the risk of death.
 
Whether subclinical hyperthyroidism treatment is recommended will depend on several factors, including what is causing the condition and the levels of thyroid hormones in the blood. Sometimes, a person undergoing treatment for hypothyroidism finds that their dose of medicine may have become too high. In these cases, the thyroid hormone replacement therapy can be decreased. Other situations are not so clear-cut.
 

Other Considerations

One of the most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism is weight loss. Therefore, it is common for a person to gain weight after successful treatment for hyperthyroidism. If this is something that concerns you, speak with your healthcare provider. He or she can give you recommendations on how to maintain your ideal body weight (see Hyperthyroidism Diet).
 
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