The Autonomic Nervous System
The Nervous System can be divided into two groups: Somatic and Autonomic Nervous systems. Both systems have sensory and motor components, but differ in the type of body functions they control.
The Autonomic Nervous System regulates internal body functions outside of the patients mind, such as heart rate, blood pressure and sweating, which a patient can't stop or start at their will.
At UME Health, we work with an award-winning team of physicians and autonomic neurophysiologists to conduct highly specialised, diagnostic tests to measure your body’s response to stimulation to determine how well your autonomic nervous system is functioning. This is called an Autonomic Function Test (AFT).
Who is Autonomic Function Testing recommended for?
It is recommended for patients with certain diseases which may affect the autonomic nervous system such as those with cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, or post viral conditions such as long COVID. You may also be recommended for autonomic testing if you’re experiencing symptoms such as:
- Low Blood Pressure
- Dizziness and/or Light Heartedness/Fainting
- Abnormal Sweating
- Impaired urination
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UME Health is one of only two facilities which offer comprehensive cardiovascular autonomic testing in the UK.
Highly specialised autonomic neurophysiologists carry out tests who are renowned for their clinical expertise and level of care.
A seamless service with no overnight stay required and an overall shorter waiting time compared to NHS waiting lists.
Frequently Asked Questions
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