My MIL was admitted to hospital w tachycardia/afib/high blood pressure/breathlessness/fatigue last week. She has been very swollen for years (feet, legs, arms etc); there is a deep groove where her wristwatch is and her feet are like little balloons. She has shown other uat symptoms but won't see a doctor. For years my partner and I have discussed how to get her to have a thyroid test.
The good news is that the doctor seems to be on the ball and has done thyroid tests but I'm unclear on the route of disease that has led her down this path. If this is the result of uat, is it the increased fluid that affects the heart or the ineffective heart that causes the fluid retention or - ? And how does uat cause afib? (I see it is usually associated w Graves.)
I understand the increased fluid in the body can raise the bp, but everything else is unclear. Just trying to understand more in preparation to talk w the doctor.