Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
FACT: It is estimated that 1 in 100 teens with develop POTS
What is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)?
POTS is a condition of dysautonomia, or specifically orthostatic intolerance, in which a change from the supine position to an upright position causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate, called tachycardia. Symptoms present in various degrees of severity depending on the individual. POTS can be severely debilitating.
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The following are organizations and/or websites dedicated to providing information and education surrounding Dysautonomia. These organizations are dedicated to research, education, awareness, and/or support. They are listed in Alphabetical order without any preference or prejudice. Listing these organizations is not a recommendation or referral in any regard for seeking treatment or consultation or support for treatment.
Dysautonomia Information Network
Dysautonomia Youth Network of America
National Dysautonomia Research Foundation
National Institute of Neurological Disorders And Stroke
National Organization for Rare Diseases
Can dietary changes help symptoms?
Primary: an increase in heart rate from the supine to upright position of more than 30 beats per minute or to a heart rate greater than 120 beats per minute within 10 minutes of head up tilt.
This tachycardic response is sometimes accompanied by a decrease in blood flow to the brain and a wide variety of symptoms associated with cerebral hypoperfusion. Decreased cerebral perfusion may promote the following:
Symptoms of POTS overlap considerably with those of generalized anxiety disorder, and a misdiagnosis of an anxiety disorder is not uncommon. Some patients may be able to show a marked, and speedy, reddening of hands on lowering to resting position to challenge this misdiagnosis.