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What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is the condition wherein the thyroid gland fails to produce the normal quantity of the thyroid hormone. The gland remains under active. It is located in the lower front of your neck.
The thyroid hormone regulates body's energy. When its level goes abnormal, the body starts burning the energy more slowly, and as a result heartbeat and temperature regulation slow down in process.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Diagnosis of Hypothyroidism
The doctor examines you to inspect if the thyroid gland is enlarged. You will even be checked for the characteristic signs of it which include, dry skin, thinning of hair, and slow heart rate.
Hypothyroidism is diagnosed on the basis of blood tests levels of the thyroid hormone and the serum TSH. The TSH test happens to be the most sensitive hypothyroidism test known to be caused by a problem with thyroid gland.
It is treated via replacement doses of the thyroid hormones. These hormones are used in their synthetic forms which include levothyroxine, liothyronine (Cytomel) or liotrix (Thyrolar).
While taking thyroid medication, a blood test must be done periodically to ensure that dose so taken is helping in maintaining the appropriate level of the thyroid hormone.