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Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome ( POTS)

Diagnostic-heart rate increase upon standing 30 beats per minute (bpm) or more, or over 120 bpm, within the first 10 minutes of standing. POTS patients can also have a noticeable drop in blood pressure upon standing. POTS patients are too often misdiagnosed as having severe anxiety or panic disorder. POTS is often diagnosed by a Tilt Table Test.

The cause of POTS is unknown and symptoms can start as early as age 15. In addition, 75% of POTS patients are female. Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance, nausea, diminished concentration, tremulousness (shaking), fainting, coldness or/and shortness of breath.

increasing fluid intake - water
increasing salt intake
raising the head of the bed (to conserve blood volume)
reclined exercises such as rowing, recumbent bicycling and swimming
a healthy diet
medications meant to improve symptoms.