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Autonomic Nervous System (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system. It is ‘autonomic’ because it does not require voluntary thought to function. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic system manages “fight or flight” responses and the parasympathetic system acts as a counterpart that manages ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: autonomic?

What is the definition or description of: autonomic?

Wikipedia: ANS: The autonomic nervous system (ans or visceral nervous system or involuntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions, such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, urination, and sexual arousal. ...Read more

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Signs of autonomic dysfunction?

Many things: In general problems with fluctuation of blood pressure or sweating or coldness are common symptoms. ...Read more

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How is autonomic dysfunction treated?

How is autonomic dysfunction treated?

Multiple options: For a review see http://health.Nytimes.Com/health/guides/disease/autonomic-neuropathy/overview.Html.Various strategies may be used to reduce symptoms of light-headedness or dizziness when standing. These include: extra salt in the diet or taking salt tablets to increase fluid volume in blood vessels fludrocortisone or similar medications to help your body retain salt and fluid.More... ...Read more

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What are some autonomic reactions from stress?

What are some autonomic reactions from stress?

'fight or flight': Humans have built-in emergency responses to help us survive life-threatening situations. A combination of stress hormones (epinephrine [aka adrenalin], cortisol, etc) & high sympathetic (autonomic) nervous system output results in increased pulse & bp, shunting of blood toward the vital organs, faster reaction times etc. Unhelpfully, we react to stress this way too, which wears out our bodies. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is an autonomic ganglion?

Ganglia: just like brain, autonomic nerves which you do not have control, which have necessary for maintaining bodily functions, example heart rate control, blood pressure control have a place that initially immediately coming out of the brain and spinal cord meet before spreading over the rest of the body, called autonomic ganglia. ...Read more

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Why would the cardiologist order a autonomic test? What is he looking for?

Why would the cardiologist order a autonomic test? What is he looking for?

Autonomic : From the list of procedures you provided it appears the doctor is looking for an esoteric explanation for symptoms in the face of several normal studies. Why not ask the ordering doc? ...Read more

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What is autonomic neuropathy?

What is autonomic neuropathy?

Autonomic neurop: It is a neuropathy with symptoms caused by the autonomous nervous system manifested with vasospasm, changes in blood pressure like orthostasis or sudden changes in blood pressure, pallor, rubor, increase sweat or , warmth or cold in an specific localized área of the body. Common in diabetics. ...Read more

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Does autonomic neuropathy go away?

Does autonomic neuropathy go away?

Neuropathy: Unfortunately it would be very unlikely for autonomic neuropathy to resolve. ...Read more

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What exactly is autonomic neuropathy?

What exactly is autonomic neuropathy?

Autonomic neuropathy: Autonomic neuropathy is a disorder that affects the autonomic nervous system, parasympathetic and/or sympathetic, which controls involuntary body functions. It can cause abnormal involuntary functions of the heart, blood vessels, sweat glands, or digestive system. autonomic neuropathy can be a complication of a number of diseases, including diabetes, or a side effect of some medications. ...Read more

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Autonomic (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system (ans or visceral nervous system or involuntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions, such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, ...Read more


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Hyperactivity (Definition)

Hyperactivity is a term that describes a physical state in which a person is abnormally active. It may be caused by hormonal or emotional disorders, and may also be present in children ...Read more