POTS: Diagnosing and Treating this Dizzying Syndrome

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Our Bodies Ourselves Today’s Heart Health Content Expert, Dr. Dara Lee Lewis, discusses diagnosis, treatment, and living with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). This is the second article in a two-part series on POTS.

“Most of us don’t think twice about standing up. Yet for people affected by a disorder called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), the simple act of standing can provoke lightheadedness and a racing heartbeat.

…By consistently paying attention to sodium and fluid intake, compression, and exercise, as well as…behavioral changes and medicines…many people who have POTS can successfully attend school and hold down jobs. However, symptoms may flare without warning. Arranging formal accommodations, such as frequent snack breaks and flexible hours, can help people thrive in an academic or work setting.

…[I]t is crucial to recognize the emotional toll that chronic illness can take, particularly when it strikes young people in the prime of their lives. Seeking the support of friends and family, and assembling a healthcare team that understands POTS, are essential elements of a successful therapeutic plan.”