Parathyroid hormone levels are closely associated with blood calcium and vitamin D levels.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) April 09, 2014
Today, Dr. Babak Larian, Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Beverly Hills, responded to new research that suggests higher parathyroid hormone levels may increase the risk of hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis reported the findings from research performed on 3,002 patients.
“Parathyroid hormone levels are closely associated with blood calcium and vitamin D levels,” Dr. Larian said. “If parathyroid hormone levels are high, blood calcium levels are not going to be regulated properly. Irregular blood calcium levels can lead to a number of medical conditions.”
High blood calcium is almost always linked to an abnormality in the parathyroid glands. When one or more of the four parathyroid glands does not function normally, there will be excessive parathyroid hormone production. The most common cause of hyperparathyroidism is a benign tumor, called a parathyroid adenoma.
“Symptoms of hyperparathyroidism may be nonexistent, subtle, or very similar to other conditions, so it is often a difficult disease to diagnose,” Dr. Larian explained. “However, there are a number of cardiac, neuro-psychiatric, musculo-skeletal, renal, and gastro-intestinal consequences if a parathyroid abnormality is not corrected. Blood tests help determine if parathyroid hormone, calcium, and vitamin D levels are too high, so that the patient can then learn about his or her treatment options.”
Due to the techniques that Dr. Larian has pioneered, parathyroid surgery does not have to be as invasive as it once was. Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy only uses a 1.5 cm incision to remove a parathyroid abnormality. The surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be done under local anesthesia in usually less than 30 minutes. Once the adenoma is removed, parathyroid hormone levels typically return to normal within hours.
“To prevent the development of other diseases that may occur due to high blood calcium levels, the proper diagnosis and treatment of a parathyroid abnormality is critical,” Dr. Larian said.
Dr. Babak Larian, the Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Beverly Hills, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified head and neck surgeon. Dr. Larian is nationally renowned for his expertise in minimally invasive surgery techniques involving parathyroid disorders and is considered a pioneer in his field. Currently, Dr. Larian holds the prestigious honor of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA.
For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the various services offered at the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid surgery, please call 310-933-4210, or visit the expert parathyroid surgeon on the web.