Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS, is a form of dysautonomia that is estimated to impact between one to three million people in the United States. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about POTS in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, is a condition that affects the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary body function.

In POTS, the nerves that regulate blood flow are out of balance, so blood doesnt go to the right places at the right time. The result is a variety of symptoms, including postural orthostatic tachycardia an overly rapid heartbeat that occurs when shifting position from lying down to standing up.

POTS symptoms include dizziness and fainting; chronic fatigue; headaches or other types of chronic pain; and digestive problems. These symptoms may vary considerably from one person to another.

POTS frequently begins in the early adolescent years, often between 12 and 15. The good news is that, although POTS is a chronic condition, about 80 percent of teenagers grow out of it once they reach the end of their teenage years, when the body changes of puberty are finished.

Although there is no known cure for POTS, treatments including exercise and medications can help to manage symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.