To explore the issue, the researchers spent an average of eight years tracking about 9,800 Dutch men and women. The participants were about 65 years old, on average.
During the study, nearly 600 participants were determined to have died due to plaque build-up in the blood vessels. Roughly 1,100 experienced some kind of a problematic event related to hardened blood vessels.
The research team concluded that those who had higher levels of what’s called “free thyroxine,” or FT4, faced a higher risk for plaque build-up and heart disease complications.
Bano and his team presented their findings Saturday at a meeting of the Endocrine Society in Orlando, Fla. Findings presented at meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until they’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal.