10/19/2012 7:52:02 AM
Primary hyperparathyroidism or PHPT is caused by overactive parathyroid glands secreting too much parathyroid hormone, which can result in weak bones, fractures and kidney stones. In recent years, several studies have also suggested a link between untreated PHPT and an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. PHPT affects one in 800 people during their lifetime. It is most common in post-menopausal women between 50-60 years of age.
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