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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes dysautonomia (dysfunction of autonomic nervous system)?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes dysautonomia (dysfunction of autonomic nervous system)?

Dysautonomia: Several, such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, connective tissue diseases, parkinson's disease, lyme disease, hereditary, injury to brain or spinal cord. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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 can cause pots disease (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)?

What can cause pots disease (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)?

Unclear: The exact cause of pots is not known. One theory is that it occurs after a viral infection, even one that is very minor. ...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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What is postural tachycardia syndrome (dysautonomia)?

What is postural tachycardia syndrome (dysautonomia)?

Rapid heart rate up: Pots (redundant name of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) is one type of dysautonomia - a word which describes problems with your autonomic nervous system. This condition causes rapid hr when you are up - sitting but worse standing though your blood pressure is maintained. Other dysautonomias can cause low BP without increase in hr. ...Read more

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How is vasovagal syncope related to the autonomic nervous system?

How is vasovagal syncope related to the autonomic nervous system?

Affects organs: Vagus nerve can affect heart rate and blood pressure resulting in fainting. Vaso (= blood vessel) vagal (=vagus nerve). ...Read more

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How is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (pots) diagnosed?

How is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (pots) diagnosed?

See syndrome details: Pots is defined as an increase in heart rate on sitting or standing. This is caused my autonomic dysfunction. Please see link below for more information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/postural_orthostatic_tachycardia_syndrome. ...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

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Who can diagnose postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

Who can diagnose postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

Any doc: By measuring your pulse and BP with you supine, abruptly sitting, and standing. Once diagnosis made your doc my need help in Ur management with the aid of a cardiologist. Some meds can cause it, and others may help it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How?Do you treat?Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

How?Do you treat?Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

With difficulty: This is often difficult to treat successfully. First, you need a tilt table test to confirm the diagnosis. If confirmed, volume expansion by eating a high salt diet and drinking plenty of fluids may help. Beta blockers, Fludrocortisone (florinef) and midodrine (proamatine) are used with variable success. Good luck. ...Read more

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Whats postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

Whats postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

Autonomic condition: Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (pots) is a condition that is characterized by an abnormal heart rate rise (>30 beats per minute) with standing. The cause is unknown. Patients may present with dizziness or fainting, but often have non specific symptoms of fatigue and generalized weakness. The treatment is supportive and individualized. There is no specific cure. ...Read more

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Can MS cause Orthostatic hypotension ?

Can MS cause Orthostatic hypotension ?

It can: Multiple sclerosis can be associated with with an autonomic dysfunction, as in abnormal function of the autonomic nervous system which controls things like our heart rates and blood pressures. Unfortunately, it isn't uncommon to see abnormal heart rate and/or blood pressure responses to normal things like sitting up from lying down or rising from seated to standing. ...Read more

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How do they diagnose dysautonomia (or autonomic dysfunction?

How do they diagnose dysautonomia (or autonomic dysfunction?

Many ways: Heart rate goes up when you arise and we put a monitor for that. In addition blood pressure drops as you get up but the body compensates, it may not be able to (orthostatic). We walk a person and see the heart rate go up if normal. ...Read more

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Can ANS dysfunction cause adrenaline rushes?

Can ANS dysfunction cause adrenaline rushes?

Autonomic =reflexive: Yes. The Autonomic nervous system is a broad term for your automatic systems and reflexes(fight or flight responses). One chemical released is norepinephrine (known as adrenaline), that can be over released if you have ANS dysfunction. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause postural orthoststic tachycardia syndrome?

Can dehydration cause postural orthoststic tachycardia syndrome?

Dehydration effects: Dehydration can certainly cause the symptoms in your question. It depends on how severely dehydrated the person was whether or not the person will have those symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes overactive sympathetic nervous system?

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Dysautonomia: Several, such as Adrenal fatigue, Headaches, Hypertension, Heart disease, Food sensitivities, Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, Alcoholism, Compulsive overeating, Insomnia, Irritable bowel, Obesity, ADHD, Overactive bladder, PTSD, Alzheimer, Parkinson's disease, Excess sweating. ...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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Dr. John Landi
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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