Diagnostic Testing

Dr. Debbie Turner placing a pressure cuff on a female patient's arm

A focused History and Physical is imperative for diagnosis.

A physical exam includes orthostatic measurements of blood pressure and heart rate while lying, sitting and standing.

Passive tilt table testing may also be needed. Spectral analysis is performed to quantify measurements of sympathetic and parasympathetic tone (both branches of the autonomic nervous system ) at baseline, with deep breathing, Valsalva (breath-holding) and stand. Serial measurements are taken to establish a diagnosis and to titrate therapies aimed at autonomic balance.

The results of the restoration of autonomic balance are often profound. We are privileged to see wheelchair-bound patients leave their wheelchairs and regain independence often to the point of returning to their jobs and certainly enjoying their time with family and friends again.

Contact one of our specialists today if you need to be tested for autonomic imbalance.

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