Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a condition that falls under the umbrella of Dysautonomia. Elevated heart rate (tachycardia), low blood pressure (hypotension), low blood volume along with dizziness/faintness, especially in certain positions, are characteristic of POTS. Other common signs symptoms include fatigue/malaise, difficulty with regulating body temperature, frequent hunger, anxiety, and digestive issues just to name a few. More women are affected by POTS than men and typically diagnosis is given during childbearing years. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) has gone awry in this condition and is out of balance. Overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system is one of the big culprits that needs addressing.
Most patients with POTS have learned to live with the syndrome and can be very taxing and prevent you from living the life that you want with enjoyment. Physical limitations commonly serve as a barrier and can make life much more frustrating for those affected. Most POTS patients will be on a list of medications made to stimulate or inhibit several of the bodily processes that are affected in their case. What we believe here is that POTS should learn to live with you and not the other way!