It is well known that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is dysregulated in Parkinson's disease (PD), a condition known as dysautonomnia. This inability to regulate the automatic parts of our nervous system (blood pressure, heart rate, body's response to stressful stimuli, response to environmental changes in temperature) causes a wide variety of symptoms in PD.

Join us for a discussion about autonomic function, tone, HRV as a tool for measuring ANS function,

Patient Experience

There is evidence that low HRV scores are associated with greater Non-Motor Symptom Severity scores. Let's explore whether scores can be raised in PD, and whether or not that might result in improvement of non-motor symptoms.

Researcher Experience

High is good and low is bad, right? Well... mostly...

It's really not so simple.

The devices have limitations, the algorithms vary between studies, and there are different types of HRV

HRV Biofeedback

Meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises, humming, singing, chanting, vibrating, ... How does one learn how to improve their autonomic function?

Dr. Laurie K Mischley

Dr. Mischley has spent the past two decades studying the unique nutritional requirements of people with Parkinsonism and working to find better ways to measure, monitor, predict, and prevent PD.

Her academic training is in naturopathic medicine (ND), nutrition (BS, PhD), and epidemiology (MPH). She created the PRO-PD outcome measure, built the Parkinson Symptom Tracking App (, has trained dogs to detect the scent of parkinism in ear wax (, is lead investigator of the, and is founder of the Parkinson Center for Pragmatic Research (CPR). She created in 2020 as a way to empower patients, accelerate education and catalyze some long-overdue conversations.

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