She is not holding the thyroid cartilage---she is palpating the thyroid itself to check for enlargement or nodules. Thyroid dyscrasias (low or high thyroid conditions) can contribute to cardiac conditions, including cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias.
Answered: Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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