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POTS is a fast heart rate (tachycardia) that starts after you stand up. This can suddenly happen as long as 10 minutes after you stand.
With POTS, the body does not control blood pressure or heart rate as it should after you stand up. So for a brief time, you may not get enough blood to your brain. This can make you feel dizzy and lightheaded. You might faint. Sitting or lying down helps you feel better.
For many people with POTS, fatigue and other symptoms may make it hard to keep up with daily living.
Whether you have mild or severe POTS symptoms, there are things you can do to help control them.
Experts don't yet understand what causes POTS, but different systems in the body seem to be out of balance.
POTS may follow a viral illness, a surgery, pregnancy, bed rest, or a severe trauma.
Soon after you stand up, you may have symptoms such as:
With POTS, you may also have problems with:
Some things can make symptoms worse. These include heat, eating, exercise, showering, sitting too long, and menstrual cycle changes.
To learn what is causing your symptoms, your doctor may:
To improve your POTS symptoms, work with your doctor to find the right mix of treatments. These treatments may include:
Other Works Consulted
Grubb BP, Karabin B (2008). Postural tachycardia syndrome: Perspectives for patients. Cardiology, 118: e61–e62. DOI: 10.1161/circulationaha.107.761650. Accessed July 18, 2014.
Nwazue VC, Raj SR (2013). Confounders of vasovagal syncope: Postural tachycardia syndrome. Cardiology Clinics, 31(1): 101–109.
Current as ofJuly 22, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineRakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Current as of:
July 22, 2018
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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