Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Postural tachycardia syndrome
- Chronic othostatic intolerance
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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. Although POTS can affect men and women of all ages, most cases are diagnosed in women between the ages of 15 and 50. 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. The goal of treatment is to increase blood flow and improve circulatory problems that may be causing POTS.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 (
Last updated: 3/4/2016
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