Donate to Graves’ Disease Research, Patient Care and Education
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that can cause hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism happens as a result of an overactive thyroid gland. The thyroid gland makes an excess of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, a hormone that helps to regulate the metabolism. Along with Graves’ disease, other causes of hyperthyroidism include thyroiditis and nodular goiter. Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to diagnose and treat those with Graves’ disease with the standard of excellence always offered at our facilities.
The most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism, which can be caused by Graves’ disease, include irritability, nervousness, fine/brittle hair, perspiration, weak muscles, shaky hands, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, trouble sleeping, weight loss and confusion. Many individuals with Graves’ disease can also show symptoms or signs of Graves’ ophthalmopathy. Graves’ ophthalmopathy can include bulging eyes, double vision, light sensitivity, puffy eyelids or double vision.
If left untreated, hyperthyroidism caused by Graves’ disease can result in complications with pregnancy, heart failure, osteoporosis or can even cause a thyroid storm, a life-threatening condition. Through physical exams, blood tests, image testing and the measurement of radioactive iodine intake, specialists are constantly trying to improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis.
Graves’ Disease Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Please consider donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation. Your generous donation will help to ensure Northwestern Medicine stays at the forefront of Graves’ disease treatment and care. Specialized care for Graves’ disease ranges from detection, treatment and prevention provided and conducted by our care teams, specialists and scientists. Every dollar given to Northwestern Memorial Foundation means one step closer to improving the quality of life for those with Graves’ disease. Northwestern Medicine strives to provide extensive diagnosis and treatment of Graves’ disease and with your help, we can continue to do just that.