LEO E. HOLLISTER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; WALTER L. ARONS, M.D.
Although evidence is still largely circumstantial, elevated serum lipid levels seem to be related to the development of atherosclerosis and its complications (1). When the physician is confronted with a patient showing an elevated serum cholesterol, he usually feels obliged to attempt treatment with the idea either of preventing atherosclerotic complications, or if they have already occurred, of reducing their progress.
For a number of years, thyroid hormones have been known to reduce serum cholesterol levels in euthyroid as well as hypothyroid patients (2, 3). Hypermetabolic effects from these hormones, potentially dangerous for patients with compromised myocardial or systemic circulations,
HOLLISTER LE, ARONS WL. Effect of Dextro-isomers of Thyroid Hormones on Serum Cholesterol Levels in Euthyroid Hypercholesterolemic Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;56:570–576. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-4-570
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(4):570-576.
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