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Thyroid condition increases stroke risk in young adults
Date:4/2/2010

fibrillation (AF), high cholesterol, coronary heart disease and whether they were taking medication to treat heart rhythm problems, the risk of having a stroke during the five-year follow-up period was 44 percent higher for patients with hyperthyroidism than for those without it.

The medical records used in the study are a subset of a large database collected by Taiwan's national health insurance program, in which 98 percent of the population participated as of 2007.

"Hyperthyroidism may be associated with various syndromes or conditions linked to cerebrovascular disease in young adults," Lin said. "However, only case reports or case series were found in the literature, and the causal relationships could not be established."

For example, an association is well known between hyperthyroidism and AF in adults over age 60. AF occurs when the heart beats erratically and ineffectively, and AF can lead to both stroke and sudden cardiac death. There has been a notable absence of data related to the risk of stroke in younger individuals with hyperthyroidism, he said.

"Our study shows an association between hyperthyroidism and the risk of subsequent ischemic stroke in young adults," Lin said. "A more thorough evaluation in future studies may help elucidate the causes of stroke in this age group. Our results indicate a need for thyroid function testing and detection of hyperthyroidism in surveys to identify the causes of ischemic stroke in young people."


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Contact: Bridgette McNeill
Bridgette.McNeill@heart.org
214-706-1135
American Heart Association
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