High Blood Pressure: Could Your Thyroid Be The Problem?

black person getting blood pressure checked

(BlackDoctor.org) — Many people are not aware that, in addition to other functions of the body, thyroid conditions can affect blood pressure as well.

How can you tell if your thyroid is affecting your blood pressure? What will your doctor need to know? What lifestyle changes, if any, do you need to make? Can medications help the problem? What options are right for you?

Q: Dear Dr. Riley,

Please suggest a blood pressure drug for some one who has had a thyroidectomy. My blood pressure remains around 140/80 and I have high cholesterol. I exercise at least six days a week by walking for more than 30 minutes and using weights at the Y for 30 minutes. Nothing my doctor has been effectively keeping my blood pressure within so-called normal limits. Thanking you in advance for your time and attention. I’m not sure if it matters, but I am Black and female.