The Basic Autonomic Assessment

Richard Sutton, David G. Benditt

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Evaluation and Treatment of Syncope
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook for Clinical Practice: Second Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)1405140305, 9781405140300
StatePublished - May 5 2009


  • Bradycardic events
  • Carotidsinus syndrome
  • Head-up tilt-table test - providing opportunity to precipitate typical vasovagal attack under the eyes of the physician
  • Life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias
  • Neurally mediated reflex syncope syndromes - most frequent of all causes of syncope
  • Saddle support - increasing false-positive rate
  • Typical venues for fainting - churches, hospitals, sports field, parties, standing in queues
  • Valsalva maneuver - providing estimate of autonomic nervous system integrity
  • Vasodepressor response

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