POTS - an overview

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stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   

As POTS is becoming more prevalent I decided to post a bit about this disorder FYI.

Standing up is something most of us take for granted; we've been doing it since childhood. Our bodies automatically adjust to the pull of gravity by increasing vascular tone, heart rate and cardiac output. Blood vessels contract, heart rates increase and our systolic blood pressure remains the same or decreases slightly while diastolic pressure increases slightly  Our bodies operate in perfect harmony and we stand up with little effort.

However, the simple act of standing up can be a challenge for some people. There are disorders that affect the body's ability to appropriately adjust to the pull of gravity. When the body cannot effectively adjust to upright posture, a person is said to have orthostatic intolerance. Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a disorder characterized by orthostatic intolerance.

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is defined by excessive heart rate increments upon upright posture. A person with POTS will experience heart rates that increase 30 beats or more per minute upon standing and/or increase to 120 beats or more per minute upon standing  These exaggerated heart rate increases usually occur within 10 minutes of rising.

While the hallmark of POTS is an excessive heart rate increment upon standing, patients often exhibit numerous symptoms of autonomic nervous system dysregulation, and research by the Mayo Clinic suggests POTS is a limited autonomic neuropathy  Many POTS symptoms seem to be caused by an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system's control over blood flow. It is the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that regulates the needed adjustments in vascular tone, heart rate and blood pressure upon standing. Some of the messages coming from the autonomic nervous system tell the blood vessels to relax or tighten. In people with POTS, the system seems to be out of balance and blood is not going to the right place at the right time to do what the body needs.

There are treatments for POTS symptoms which can be tailored to each individual patient, especially if an underlying cause is discovered. Researchers are attempting to identify and treat the mechanisms and causes of POTS. Studies show that most patients will eventually be able to stand up with fewer symptoms Most people with POTS can look forward to experiencing improvement with proper treatment. Reference: Brunner & Suddarth/Medical Text

If you have symptoms that may be POTS, please talk with your Dr.


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   Posted 10/14/2012 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Kitt, for posting this... I have had POTS since 2004... and just never have had a chance to write something up. It can be a debilitating condition and many doctors have never heard of it.

So, I think having more information here is a great idea....by the way, POTS and Dysautonomia go hand in hand.... for those looking into this.

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stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2012 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Tina,
 
I truly believe in providing info in the forums to help educate people so I am glad you liked the thread.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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   Posted 10/14/2012 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
stkitt,

I appreciate this. Also, let me add, it was not your responses or your actions I was referring to. You are only trying to help, as I am.

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   Posted 10/14/2012 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kitt, I was wondering what it was.

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stkitt
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   Posted 1/9/2013 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Bump to the top for new member.
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