The autonomic nervous system (ANS) plays a critical role in carrying out all of the unconscious processes in your body. You don’t even need to think about performing these processes because the body takes care of them on its own. However, certain neurological conditions can create dysfunctions with the ANS. At Nassau Suffolk Neurology, we offer ANS studies to help diagnose and treat neurological issues. Continue reading to learn more about what an ANS study can detect in your nervous system.
The ANS consists of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, which are responsible for controlling how the major organs function. These systems work together in harmony to carry out life’s daily functions. The sympathetic system is what activates the body’s fight or flight response, whereas the parasympathetic system is anabolic and conserves and restores. To provide an example, the sympathetic system is what would raise your heart rate, and the parasympathetic system works to lower it back down.
Autonomic dysfunction or neuropathy can develop when the autonomic nervous system is damaged. These dysfunctions can range from mild to potentially life-threatening, making early detection key. Some of the symptoms of an ANS dysfunction to watch out for include:
If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to go for an ANS study with our team at Nassau Suffolk Neurology. ANS studies allow our neurologist to determine the presence of ANS dysfunction and help us provide you with the best possible treatment plan. During the test, the activities consist of activities that are designed to stimulate the ANS to produce changes in heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, and breathing in a controlled setting. Our neurologist will review the procedure with you before starting, so you can feel confident and comfortable throughout your testing experience.
At Nassau Suffolk Neurology, we perform autonomic nervous system studies to diagnose and treat various neurological disorders. To learn more about ANS studies, be sure to contact us today and request an appointment!