Endocrinology and Diabetes Specialist
Maryam Zamanian, MD
Endocrinologist located in Plano, TX
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn't produce enough of some essential hormones. Dr. Zamanian has extensive experience treating hypothyroidism in patients throughout the Plano, TX and Dallas, TX area, using cutting-edge techniques to help patients manage their condition and avoid serious side effects.
What is hypothyroidism?
The thyroid is a gland located at the base of the neck which produces hormones essential for metabolism and other functions, like regulating body temperature. Hypothyroidism is a condition that occurs when the gland becomes underactive and does not produce enough of these hormones, or when it stops producing the hormones entirely. By contrast, hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid is overactive and produces too many hormones.
What causes hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism can be caused by different factors, including liver disease, some genetic or inherited disorders, nutritional deficiencies, immune system problems, and chronic stress. Some types of medication can also interfere with thyroid function, causing it to produce fewer hormones. The condition also occurs more frequently among older people, especially older women.
What symptoms are associated with hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism typically begins with very mild symptoms, but as the disease progresses, the symptoms can become much more pronounced and serious. Some of the more common symptoms include:
heightened sensitivity to cold temperatures
slow heart rate
muscle or joint pain
problems with memory
Without treatment, hypothyroidism can become life-threatening, causing extremely low blood pressure, low body temperature and suppressed respiration (a condition called myxedema).
How is hypothyroidism treated?
Hypothyroidism typically can be treated with medication using a hormone replacement product to perform the same tasks as the hormones that are normally produced by the thyroid gland. Patients who have hypothyroidism usually must remain on their medication for the rest of their lives, undergoing routine blood tests to monitor their levels of hormones so the dosage of their medication can be adjusted. Having regular blood tests is essential since taking too much of the medication can cause serious side effects like heart palpitations, feelings of shakiness or "jitters," and insomnia.
We accept most insurance plans and Medicare.
Words from our patients
Very blessed to have Dr. Zamanian as my endocrinologist. She listens, she cares, she understands and she's extremely knowledgeable.
Dr. Zamanian took the needed time with me to discuss my ongoing care and game plan to address my diabetes.
I am grateful for this and appreciate her and her staff. She is very concerned for all of her patients and gives her all.
Dr. Zamanian was both professional and compassionate. She answered all my questions and clearly stated her plan for my medical treatment.
"Very blessed to have Dr. Zamanian as my endocrinologist. She listens, she cares, she understands and she's extremely knowledgeable."
"I was delighted with my referral to Dr. Zamanian, who addressed my concerns in a thorough manner and clarified what I will need to do."
"I always look forward to my visits with Dr. Zamanian, she always gives me helpful hints on how to better myself."
"Dr. Zamanian is very knowledgeable and very systematic and logical in her approach. She is also friendly and communicates issues and answers questions well."
"Dr. Zamanian was both professional and compassionate. She answered all my questions and clearly stated her plan for my medical treatment."