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Can Thyroid Cancer Lead to Heart Problems?

If you’ve had thyroid cancer or even thyroid problems, you may be taking a synthetic thyroid hormone.

Now, a new medical study says that the risk of heart disease and stroke is higher in thyroid cancer patients who take a synthetic thyroid hormone.

How concerned should thyroid patients be?

Dr. Melanie Seybt of Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, answered the question in this WIS Health U report.

According to Dr. Seybt, thyroid cancer patients are typically dosed with synthetic thyroid hormone a bit higher. When there’s a higher level of thyroid hormone in the body, it can cause some cardiac arrhythmias or increased work on the heart. So, it’s important that all patients have the right amount of synthetic thyroid hormone. In year’s past, some patients thought that taking more thyroid supplementation could boost their metabolism and help them lose weight. That’s true, but it would put more pressure on the heart.

The bottom line is that it’s important for patients on thyroid supplementation to talk to their doctor about heart disease and be aware of other heart disease risk factors including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and being overweight.

To learn more about Dr. Seybt and her Lexington ENT & Allergy, visit www.ENTLexington.com

Breaking Down Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy causes sudden paralysis on one side of your face, making it look like your face is drooping. It happened to WIS-TV news anchor Mary King. In this story with Dr. Katie Dahlberg of Southeastern Neurology & Memory Clinic and Dr. Douglas Addy of Lexington Women’s Care, Mary shares her experience and hopes to help others.

Urgent Care or ER: Where Should You Go?

The next time you have a cold, the flu, broken bone… or if you or a loved one is experiencing chest pain or stroke symptoms, where should you go? Urgent Care can provide treatment for a lot of conditions. But for others, it’s important to go to the ER or call 911. In this WIS Health U news report, Dr. Don Moore of Lexington Medical Center explains the difference.


Generally speaking, urgent care centers provide treatment for less serious illness or injuries when your primary care physician is unavailable. They include: earaches, sore throats, sprains and strains, cold and flu symptoms, pink eye, sinus infections, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, mild asthma, stomach flu, simple cuts or wounds, and fever without a rash.

Call 911 if you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack, stroke, a severe injury or if you’re having trouble breathing. Conditions that may require immediate care in the ER include: loss of consciousness, signs of a heart attack or stroke including chest pain, chest discomfort and shortness of breath, uncontrolled or excessive bleeding, coughing or vomiting blood, a head injury, sudden or unexpected paralysis, sudden onset of severe pain or abdominal pain, poisoning, overdose, violent injuries from gunshots or stabbing and emotional stress or suicidal feelings.

Lexington Medical Center operates five Urgent Care facilities around Lexington County and treats more than 85,000 patients each year in its Emergency department. Visit LexMed.com