Heather was given IV fluids and blood tests were conducted after everything showed that Heather was perfectly healthy. Doctors soon had their answer for Heather’s racing heart: she had hyperthyroidism, a condition “where the thyroid gland produces excessive thyroid hormone.”
Heather was admitted into the ICU, so doctors could monitor her more closely while they treated her hyperthyroidism and lowered her heart rate. If hyperthyroidism is left untreated, a person could develop thyroid storm, a potentially fatal condition where the heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure “become dangerously high.”
Dr. Alan Wynne, an endocrinologist at Cotton O’Neil Diabetes and Endocrinology Center in Topeka treated Heather while she was in the ICU. The most shocking thing about Heather’s case was that she had not experienced any of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, which typically include sweating, unexplained weight loss, hair loss, hand tremors, anxiety, or diarrhea.
“That’s what really stood out most strikingly to me,” Dr. Wynne said. “I have been doing this for 27 years — I am pretty sure this is the first time.”
Heather is now stable back at home and has some sage advice for people out there of any age: “Pay more attention. Go to the doctor once a year … You don’t have any idea about your health until it gets bad.”
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