Facts About Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) – Part 1



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Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a form of dysautonomia, is one rare health condition and as it follows most people all over the world are not well educated about it. But just like any other health ailment, it should be studied, and the details of the said condition should be made well known to the general public. With this, below are some of the facts you need to know about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Also Known As POTS, Is An Illness That Involves The Circulation Of Blood.

The system that is mainly involved in this illness is the “controls” of the nervous system. In most of the cases, patients experience a sudomotor dysfunction and a cardiac decline on Metaiodobenzylguanidine scans, which is caused by Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy (CAN).

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Is Not An Unusual Illness. A Lot Of People Have This Disorder.

Frequently, one’s interpersonal relationships, lifestyle, employment/career, self-image, and sense of identity are affected. — Dan Mager MSW


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In the United States of America, out of three million people who have POTS, 80-85% are women. Women between 12-51 years old, who belong in the childbearing age, are prone to this syndrome. The estimates from other countries are yet to be followed.

There Are Possibilities, According To Research, That Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Is An Autoimmune Illness.

This happens when the immune system attacks the body by mistake. The antibodies are targeting the adrenergic, muscarinic3, and AchR receptors. Also, abundant cardiac lipid raft proteins were recognized in most POTS patients. There are ongoing researches about the use of Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IGIv) in POTS.

We speak of blood tests, but not despair. We report bodily disruptions, but not anger. — Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Is A Form Of Dysautonomia And Can Be Triggered By Other Autoimmune Illnesses.

Some of these conditions are connected with Dysautonomia are lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, antiphospholipid syndrome, myasthenia gravis, celiac diseases, ankylosing spondylitis, Lambert Eaton myasthenic syndrome, sarcoidosis, and multiple sclerosis. There are instances where these conditions cause POTS. It is common to those having the conditions mentioned to have POTS.


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The Signs And Symptoms Of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Can Manifest All Over The Body, From Physical To Mental Indicators.

Just like other disorders, POTS can cause different symptoms in our body. Some of these symptoms include tachycardia or fast beating of the heart, palpitations, chest pains or the feeling of your chest tightening, lightheadedness or reeling sensation, fainting or sudden temporary loss of consciousness, nausea  or stomach discomfort, fatigue  or overall feeling of tiredness, gastroparesis or when the stomach is not functioning like its regular food emptying movement, migraines or extreme headaches, the collection of blood in one’s extremities, Reynaud’s or discoloration of mostly the fingers from red to pale which is caused by extremely cold weather, trembling or tremors, sleeping disorders and problems, and cognitive deficiencies. These are the most common symptoms of POTS, but there might also be other symptoms that are not mentioned in this article.

What I recommend is finding a balance between acting falsely buoyant and feelings of despair. Being hopeful is reasonable. — Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D.

Next week, more facts about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS will be discussed thoroughly. That will be Part 2 of this article, as we won’t keep this content long. You will most definitely learn more about the disorder, and perhaps find ways to cope with it.