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Demystifying Dysautonomia with Svetlana Blitshteyn, M.D.

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

New Bendy Bodies Podcast Episode

Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe disorders of the autonomic nervous system (which controls all the automatic functions of the body like blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, temperature regulation, etc.). Dr. Svetlana Blitshteyn, a Mayo Clinic trained, board-certified neurologist and director of the Dysautonomia Clinic, joins us as we dig into these disorders and explore their defining features. POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), small-fiber neuropathy, and neurocardiogenic syncope are frequent comorbidities with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes), Marfan Syndrome, and other disorders of connective tissue. Dr. Blitshteyn discusses who is considered high-risk for POTS, explains neurocardiogenic syncope and small-fiber neuropathy, and talks about the difference between the three disorders. She explores common symptoms of POTS and outlines frequent comorbidities such as MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome), IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and EDS. Finally, Dr. Blitshteyn answers the question - Is there a link between dysautonomia and autoimmune issues?

An in-depth exploration of dysautonomia and what that might entail for the hypermobile population, this episode is important for patients and healthcare professionals alike who are eager to learn about these complex disorders.

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Learn more about our guest

Learn about Dr. Blitshteyn,

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Instagram: @hypermobilitymd

Twitter: @hypermobilityMD

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Episode Transcript:

Episode 21 - Demystifying Dysautonomia with Svetlana Blitshteyn, MD
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