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Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome


Other Names for this Disease
  • POTS
  • Postural tachycardia syndrome
  • Chronic othostatic intolerance
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Overview

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a rare condition characterized by too little blood returning to the heart when moving from a lying down to a standing up position (orthostatic intolerance). Orthostatic Intolerance causes lightheadedness or fainting that can be eased by lying back down. In people with POTS, these symptoms are also accompanied by a rapid increase in heart rate.[1] Although POTS can affect men and women of all ages, most cases are diagnosed in women between the ages of 15 and 50.[1] The cause of POTS is unknown. However, episodes often begin after a pregnancy, major surgery, trauma, or a viral illness and may increase right before a menstrual period.[1][2] The goal of treatment is to increase blood flow and improve circulatory problems that may be causing POTS.[1][3][4]
Last updated: 3/4/2016

References

  1. NINDS Postural Tachycardia Syndrome Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. December 2015; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/postural_tachycardia_syndrome/postural_tachycardia_syndrome.htm.
  2. Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Autonomic Disorders Consortium. http://www.rarediseasesnetwork.org/ARDCRC/patients/learnmore/POTS/index.htm. Accessed 3/4/2016.
  3. Mohini Gurme, MD. Idiopathic Orthostatic Hypotension and other Autonomic Failure Syndromes. Medscape Reference. November 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1154266-overview.
  4. Horacio Kaufmann, MD; Roy Freeman, MD. Postural tachycardia syndrome. UpToDate. March 2015;
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Basic Information

  • Dysautonomia International offers an information page on Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Please click on the link to access this resource.
  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
  • The Autonomic Disorders Consortium has information about Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome for patients and their families. This research consortium is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • POTS
  • Postural tachycardia syndrome
  • Chronic othostatic intolerance
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