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AUTONOMIC TESTING

WHAT IS AUTONOMIC TESTING?

Autonomic testing, also known as autonomic response testing, is a non-invasive procedure that measures how the nervous system controls heart rate, blood pressure, and sweating. Autonomic testing is done to check if the autonomic nervous system is functioning normally or if nerve damage has occurred.

WHY IS AUTONOMIC TESTING DONE?

Autonomic Testing may be performed if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluctuating blood pressure
  • Numbness and burning sensation in hands and feet

COMPONENTS OF AUTONOMIC TESTING

Quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test (QSART): This test measures the autonomic nerves that control sweating. During this first phase of the autonomic test, a mild electrical current is applied to the skin to stimulate the nerves that supply the sweat glands. The test helps the doctor determine if the skin’s sympathetic nerve terminals are capable of releasing a neurotransmitter and increasing the production of sweat.

      Cardiovascular autonomic test with head-up tilt: During the second phase, the doctor uses an electrocardiogram (ECG) to record your blood pressure and heart rate. The test includes performing deep breathing, valsalva maneuver, head-up tilting, and transcranial doppler. Depending on your symptoms, the autonomic test may also include recording other physiological functions, such as carbon dioxide production and cerebral blood flow velocity.

      AUTONOMIC TESTING AT MANHATTAN MEDICAL ARTS

      Manhattan Medical Arts is dedicated to provide quality testing and treatment for patients with autonomic nervous disorders. If you would like a consultation with one of our Board Certified Physicians, please call Manhattan Medical Arts at 645-454-9000. We believe in providing accessible, cost-effective and efficient care that meets the expectations of our clients and strive to maintain the highest standards of safe and quality health care in all our facilities, for all our patients.