Patient Resources

Get a referral to our clinic, find doctors in your area, and connect with other patients

Get Referred to the Calgary Autonomic Investigation & Management Clinic

You and your family doctor or specialist will need to follow the steps below to request a clinic appointment with Dr. Satish Raj in Calgary.
Please note that patients must be assessed by Dr. Raj prior to participation in any of our research studies. 

Collect Relevant Information

Compile a list of current medications and orthostatic vital signs.

Orthostatic vital signs must include blood pressure and heart rate in the following positions:
1. Lying down
2. Seated
3. Standing for 1 minute
4. Standing for 3 minutes
5. Standing for 5 minutes
6. Standing for 10 minutes

Send a Referral Letter

Please have your physician fax a referral letter to our office
F - 403-984-0870

This letter should include:
1. Pertinent consultation notes
2. Cardiac test results
3. Current list of medications
4. Orthostatic vital signs

It is critical that orthostatic vitals be taken as listed in step 1.

Undergo Referral Review

Dr. Raj will review the physician referral letter and determine if you:

1. Qualify for the Autonomic Investigation and Management Clinic
2. Require additional autonomic function testing
3. Qualify for our research studies

You will be notified of Dr. Raj's assessment decision.

Book an Appointment

A member of Dr. Raj's team will contact you to book a clinic appointment and/or additional testing. If you are eligible to participate in our research studies, a nurse will contact you with more information. 

In the event that you do not qualify for clinic, a letter will be sent to the referring physician explaining why. 

Patient Advocacy Groups

The following organizations aim to connect patients, families, and autonomic health experts in addition to providing information and support. 

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Dysautonomia International

Dysautonomia International is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that focuses on dysautonomia Awareness, Advocacy, and Advancement of scientific research. Their website offers summaries of different types of dysautonomia, links to the most recent journal articles in dysautonomia research, an Autonomic Disorders Video Library, exercise and dietary tips, school and workplace accommodations, downloadable educational materials, and several ways to connect with other dysautonomia patients. The organization raises funds for research on autonomic disorders, assists with patient recruitment for research studies, provides a patient perspective in study design, and fosters communications and information sharing between researchers and clinicians who are interested in autonomic disorders.

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Syncope Trust and Reflex Anoxic Seizures (STARS)

STARS connects patients, families, and medical professionals to offer support and information on syncope. Their website provides information and reports on various types of syncope, videos showing natural attacks, newsletters and monthly e-bulletins, professional development awareness programs, and a free-phone 24-hour helpline. All publications are available in various languages upon request.

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Dysautonomia Information Network (DINET)

DINET focuses on patients with postural tachycardia syndrome, neurocardiogenic syncope, pure autonomic failure, and multiple system atrophy. DINET helps by providing educational material, sponsoring a worldwide program that puts both patients and caregivers in touch with other in their vicinity who have been affected by dysautonomia, publishing a quarterly newsletter dedicated to providing patients with the latest in research and treatments, maintaining a moderated online forum where patients can discuss topics related to dysautonomia, directing patients to support groups in their area, and surveying physicians worldwide to include on their website’s physician list.