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Thyroid Condition Screening & Treatment Santa Monica, CA

Your thyroid is an important part of your endocrine system. The hormones produced by the thyroid regulate the function of the heart and digestive system. They also regulate your body’s metabolic rate, muscle control and brain development. This gland is responsible for mood and bone maintenance as well. In order for your thyroid to function properly, the body needs an adequate supply of iodine. When it is not functioning properly, you can develop a variety of health problems.

The thyroid gland can malfunction by producing too much thyroid hormone, or too little. Excess thyroid hormone is called hyperthyroidism, and too little is hypothyroidism. Problems with metabolism, the heart, nervous system and muscle weakness can indicate a thyroid issue. Sleep disturbances, an increase in irritability, mood swings and fatigue are also indicators.

All of these symptoms can also be attributed to other health issues. This is why thyroid screening is a useful preventive health care service. Your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are tested with a small sample of your blood. This test reveals how well the thyroid gland is functioning.

Treatment for Thyroid Problems

One of the most common endocrine conditions reported is a malfunction of the thyroid gland. Problems range from mild to extreme. Thyroid screening can detect low levels of thyroid hormone. When your levels are low, your risk of cardiovascular disease may be increased.

Treatment for low levels of TSH involves replacing the hormone with a synthetic thyroid hormone. Daily doses of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine provide sufficient stimulation of the gland and usually reverse the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Many people who take thyroid medication feel better within days. Cholesterol levels can be elevated with thyroid disease and taking medication may lower these levels. Some people also experience weight loss after having gained weight with a malfunctioning thyroid.

It is not uncommon for a patient to have follow-up appointments to check TSH levels. Six to eight weeks after starting medication, you may be tested again to make sure your levels are correct. Your blood levels may be checked again in six months.

Contact Dr. Brent J. Michael today to schedule your thyroid screening.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

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