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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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Which disorders can cause postprandial hypotension in And cardiac type pain? cardiologist believes May be disorder of autonomic nervous system

Which disorders can cause postprandial hypotension in And cardiac type pain? cardiologist believes May be disorder of autonomic nervous system

Light meals: I think he is right. Try to eat light meals, lay down after your meals. Talk to your neurologist. Postprandial hypotension is not as common in young individuals, but in your case may have to do with your benign intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri. ...Read more

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Will fludrocortisone .1mg a day cause a weak immune system as its a steroid? Puts me off taking it for orthostatic hypotension

Not Really: Even though, Fludrocortisone is a steroid, it is a different type of steroid and will not immunosuppress you. It really is one of the effective means of treating orthostatic hypotension. ...Read more

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Describe the features of an autonomic nervous system disorder.?

Describe the features of an autonomic nervous system disorder.?

A broad topic: The autonomic nervous system controlls body functions that occur automatically. This includes heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and sweating among others. Autonomic disorder can be many and varied. An example would be failure of the blood pressure to increase when stading from a lying position causing dizziness or fainting. Another may be a fast resting heart rate. Talk to your doctor for more. ...Read more

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I have an autonomic nervous system disorder, it is called pots my BP drops when i stand up and if i sit up to long can anyone help me i can't get help?

I have an autonomic nervous system disorder, it is called pots my BP drops when i stand up and if i sit up to long can anyone help me i can't get help?

POTS: You're lucky you don't have also have its cousin called pans--- cuz then, you'd have what most women dread to have to face everyday, pots &pans! lol anyways, this is an autonomic system problem which a neurologist can help you regulate. There are several options for medication to control the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about orthostatic hypotension in 16 year old female?

Can you tell me about orthostatic hypotension in 16 year old female?

Ortho hypo: Regardless of age, orthostatic hypotension refers to a condition when changes in position like from lying down to sitting up or from sitting to standing cause your blood pressure to drop making you feel light headed or feint. Dehydration or blood pressure medicine that is too strong are examples of common causes; there are others. ...Read more

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What do I do about lightheadedness while standing/walking associated with orthostatic hypotension?

What do I do about lightheadedness while standing/walking associated with orthostatic hypotension?

? Medicines: Are you taking any medicines? Some could cause that. Otherwise, at your age, you should have an evaluation if it is causing you significant problem. ...Read more

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Separate postural/orthostatic hypotension and tachycardia diagnoses, how does this work?

Need details: It's possible to have both conditions seperately, but they could are more commonly related or part of the same condition. It's likely best to spend some time having a heart rhythm specialist, go over your testing and results, and explaining it to you. A good history and physical examination is also helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does dysautonomia (MSA) always cause dizziness and orthostatic hypotension upon standing?

Does dysautonomia (MSA) always cause dizziness and orthostatic hypotension upon standing?

Not if well controld: Sorry for the misspelling up top Laura but I only had 20 letters to use so I had to make an EXECUTIVE decision to violate one of my rule on always making sure my paper had NO spelling mistakes before turning it in to my teacher! LOL. If a person with TRUE MSA were well controlled (how's that?) with fluids, compression stockings, appropriate meds, etc. then, folks can stand without being dizzy. ...Read more

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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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more