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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

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Ashly Tucker

I've interacted with Dr. Michael and his staff on several occasions and they have all been nothing but pleasant! Keep up the good work guys! I'll be sending anyone I know who needs a Dr. in Santa Monica your way!

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Dr. Michael is a brilliant, compassionate doctor who listens and cares for his patient. I have never experienced this quality of medical care anywhere. The staff was very accommodating and made me feel very comfortable. He is the best family physician that we have ever had.

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Dr. Michael is not your average doctor. I feel fortunate to have enjoyed Dr. Michael as my primary GP for over 6 years and have found him to be extremely trustworthy, personable, knowledgeable, honest, thorough, compassionate and non-judgmental. He takes the time to talk to you and to listen to all of your concerns. Dr. Michael is someone you can talk with and he really cares about each one of his patients. He listens and provides suggestions. A patient couldn't ask for a more caring physician than Dr. Michael. The entire office staff is extremely friendly, personable and accommodating. Dr. Michael is a great doctor, mentor and friend. I'm glad I have him as my primary care provider! I am forever grateful to Dr. Michael and strongly recommend him to anyone who desires personalized care.

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Dr. Michael takes time to listen, diagnose, and prescribe the best treatment possible. He made me feel comfortable talking to him about all of my health concerns and I left my appointment with answers to all of my questions. Dr Michael really understood what I was feeling both emotionally and physically and communicated that understanding to me.

Jose Hernandez

Dr. Michaels is easy to talk to, down-to-earth as well as smart and competent. It feels more like you’re getting good advice from a personal friend who is also a licensed physician. I have been recommending him to friends and family for years now and with absolutely no complaints. He is always able to fit me into his schedule and help me as promptly as possible. I haven’t had to wait more than twenty minutes after checking in to see him. He is very knowledgeable and polite and is willing to answer all of my questions without being rude or cold.

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Dr. Michael is very friendly and easy to talk to. His staff is great and his nurse was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t catch her name but she was quick, very efficient and friendly! I will definitely be sticking around with this doc for as long as I can

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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

310-829-7777

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