Dysautomia – or autonomic dysfunction – describes a range of disorders that cause the autonomic nervous system to not function properly. Dysautonomia can be present at birth or develop later in life due to genetics or trauma. Estimates suggest tens of millions of people worldwide are affected by some form of dysautonomia.
The autonomic nervous system is responsible for constantly regulating the “automatic” body functions that you don’t usually have to think about. These include heart beat, blood pressure, digestion and regulating body temperature – to name just a few.
Neurocardiogenic Syncope is one of the most common forms of dysautonomia. With this condition, the autonomic nervous system doesn’t regulate the flow of blood throughout the body in response to changes in gravity. For example, a person with neurocardiogenic syncope may feel dizzy or pass out while standing because blood is not reaching the brain effectively .
Dysautonomia Advocacy Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit working to improve the quality of life for patients and their families through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Team DAF aids in funding programs geared toward educating the medical community about the signs and symptoms of dysautonomias, so that the time from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment decreases from an average of 5 years. Team DAF also works with other foundations to help further educate patients about the early signs of autonomic dysfunction and supplies credible resources on autonomic disorders for patients to bring to their primary care physician. Team DAF believes that working with other foundations as a TEAM, will inspire hope to those who need it, raise awareness and educate the medical community at large about all forms of dysautonomia.