Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Postural tachycardia syndrome
- Chronic othostatic intolerance
orthostatic intolerance (an excessively reduced volume of blood returns to the heart when moving from a lying down to a standing position). Orthostatic Intolerance is generally associated with lightheadedness and/or fainting that is typically relieved by lying down again. In people with POTS, these symptoms are also accompanied by a rapid increase in heartbeat. Although POTS can affect men and women of all ages, most cases are diagnosed in women between the ages of 15 and 50. The exact underlying cause of POTS is currently unknown. However, episodes often begin after a pregnancy, major surgery, trauma, or a viral illness and may increase right before a menstrual period. Treatment aims to relieve low blood volume and/or regulate circulatory problems that could be causing the condition.Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a rare condition that is primarily characterized by
Last updated: 3/4/2016
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