Monday, Aug 26

A Promising New Treatment for Dysautonomia

Most patients diagnosed with isolated or “pure” dysautonomia – autonomic dysfunction with no underlying neurological condition – generally first seek medical treatment for cardiovascular issues, such as POTS (where the heart rate fluctuates based on body position) or syncope (the tendency to pass out frequently).

As a result, dysautonomia is typically diagnosed by a cardiologist. Accordingly, treatment is focused on the cardiovascular symptoms of dysautonomia. While cardiovascular medications may be effective in regulating blood pressure and heart rate in dysautonomia patients, they are only palliative in nature, and many patients discontinue them because of the side-effects. Furthermore, cardiovascular medications fail to address the wide array of other common symptoms experienced by dysautonomia patients.

These non-cardiovascular symptoms can be seriously debilitating and include sleep disturbances, fatigue, headaches, brain fog (a form of altered cognitive functioning), temperature intolerance, and bladder or bowel problems.

Until recently, a diagnosis of dysautnomia left patients with little recourse for their non-cardiovascular symptoms, due to the lack of any established medical procedure or treatment protocol. However, a new procedure is showing great promise in addressing all the major symptoms of dysautonomia. This treatment is designed to address the root problem by ‘resetting’ or ‘re-balancing’ the autonomic nervous system. The treatment is a venous form of Transvascular Autonomic Modulation (TVAM).

The venous TVAM procedure involves threading a small balloon up through the central venous system from the groin. The balloon is then inflated to stretch the nerve fibers that are incorporated within the wall vein. These nerve fibers venous pressure sensors for the autonomic nervous system (ANS). By stimulating them in this way, are able to, in effect, “reset” the ANS.

The results from this procedure have been quite dramatic for many patients, with over 90% receiving an almost immediate relief of many symptoms, higher energy levels, better quality of sleep, improved cognitive functioning, and restored bladder and bowel function. Bodily function also improves with the majority of patients demonstrating improvements in blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate variability after treatment.

With the notable exception of POTS, autonomic dysfunction is thought to be a progressive condition. A chronically imbalanced ANS can eventually lead to serious damage to the various organ systems. Restoring balance to the ANS before serious damage is done is the logical choice for many patients.

If you have any questions about the TVAM procedure for dysautonomia or would like to find out more about our clinic, please give us a call at 877-792-2784. You can also reach us or request a consultation through our contact form.

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Dr. Arata is an accomplished physician internationally respected for his work in Interventional Medicine. He specializes in treating chronic venous obstruction and venous occlusive disease. His experience in this area spans for more than a decade, long before the discovery of CCSVI. He has performed thousands of central venograms and angioplasties for blocked veins for a variety of different diseases.