Dysautonomia is a term used to describe abnormal functioning of the autonomic nervous system
Dysautonomia means dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system. Dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system can produce the apparent malfunction of the organs it regulates. For this reason, dysautonomia patients often present with numerous, seemingly unrelated maladies.
Symptoms are wide ranging and can include problems with the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and perspiration. Other symptoms include fatigue, lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out (syncope), weakness and cognitive impairment.
Autonomic dysfunction can occur as a secondary condition of another disease process, like diabetes, or as a primary disorder where the autonomic nervous system is the only system impacted. These conditions are often misdiagnosed.
Over one million Americans are impacted with a primary autonomic system disorder. The more common forms of these conditions include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)/Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS), Pure Autonomic Failure (PAF) and Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA).
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Ongoing Studies & Study Information
Recruiting: A Study of Pyridostigmine in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. This is a 3 day study being conducted by the Mayo Clinic comparing pyridostigmine vs placebo in the treatment of POTS. Researchers expect pyridostigmine to improve tachycardia and stabilize blood pressure. More about this study along with eligibility and contact information can be found here. http://www.mayo.edu/research/clinical-trials/cls-20128843
Recruiting: Two new studies open for patients with MSA. The NYU Dysautonomia Center has 2 new clinical trials to test new drugs that are being developed for the treatment of OH in patients with MSA. Both compounds work by enhancing the body's levels of norepinephrine. Both studies are also being carried out at the Autonomic Dysfunction Center at Vanderbilt University. NYU Dysautonomia Center and Vanderbilt are long time collaborative partners in rare autonomic disorders. Contact information and more information about the studies can be found in this article. https://dysautonomiacenter.com/2017/04/10/two-new-studies-open-for-patients-with-msa/
Recruiting: Vagal Stimulation in POTS- The Autonomic Inflammatory Reflex (Pilot 3) The purpose of this study is to investigate how the electrical stimulation of a nerve in the skin of your ear lobe (transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation) affects the way your autonomic nervous system controls your heart rhythm. Participants must be females between the ages of 18 - 45 with POTS. To learn more about this study or to participate, visit https://www.rarediseasesnetwork.org/cms/autonomic/6111
Recruiting: Clinical Autonomic Disorders: A Training Protocol is a study to learn more about dysautonomias to the specific purpose of developing training protocols to help new physicians understand the illness and to better diagnose patients. To participate in the study or read more about it, visit our studies page or go directly to the clinical trials site.
Recruiting: The Big POTS Survey is still going on.
Vanderbilt University and Dysautonomia International sponsored survey. The study's lead investigator is Dr. Satish Raj, MD MSCI, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University's Autonomic Dysfunction Center. Dr. Raj says that the information collected as part of this survey "will help us learn more about the possible underlying causes and risk factors for developing POTS, treatments, and the economic, educational and social impact of POTS on patients and their families." Dr Raj serves on the Medical Advisory Board for DINET and Dysautonomia International. Go directly to the survey
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: POTS & Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
"Postural tachycardia in hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: A distinct subtype?" by Miglis MG, Schultz B, and Muppidi S, from the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center.
"It is not clear if patients with postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) differ from patients with POTS due to other etiologies. We compared the results of autonomic testing and healthcare utilization in POTS patients with and without hEDS."For Email Marketing you can trust.
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