I am desperately trying to find help for my 89 yr. old mother. She was diagnosed with overactive Thyroid in 1999.
The dr. tried the radioactive thyroid uptake test and she was one of the 2% as I understand that did not respond to this test so she was
forced to live with occasional afib and fast heart rate. At her age now, she is suffering with high systolic blood pressure and meds to control the high systolic lower her pulse to the 40's and her cardiologist wants to put in a pacemaker.
He has no patients like mom to give us any info or if this is the right step for her. She has a fast heart rate, usually with pulse rates in the 120's, 130s and it last sometimes for 24 hours before returning to normal. Is a pacemaker able to help when the thyroid is throwing off the hormone responsible for speeding up her heart? Can a pacemaker withstand 24 hours of constantly trying to return her heart rate to say 60 bpm's ?
She has had an endrocronologist several times and they have left and moved from this area and we have a real shortage of drs in this field in the northern kentucky area, about 10 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her family dr. checks her tsh about every 4 monthes and she usually has a level of about 0.33 which looks to me to be very low on the normal range list, or high as thryroid functions works. She just stays on a PTU maintanence dose as they call it and it has worked ok until her low pulse rate became such an issue. Anyone have advise or info that can help her? She can't get in to see another endrocronologist till August and needs help now.
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