Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It’s one of those diseases that doesn’t get much attention, but still affects hundreds of thousands of people in America alone.
Also known as POTS, the disease doesn’t allow a sufficient amount of blood to return to a person’s heart after they stand up. Symptoms include things like light-headedness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, and abdominal irregularities.
Even though doctors and researchers aren’t sure why people have POTS, there is proper evidence that shows it may develop after an infection or traumatic event, like a serious injury. In some patients, family history may be the link because genetic inheritance is possible.
But, fear not, people of the POTS community! Treatment options are available:
- A healthy diet and lifestyle can make all the difference. It’s recommended that patients drink at least 64 ounces of water every day to reduce their symptoms. For some people, doctors may suggest an increase in salt intake or carbohydrates to help with the associated high blood pressure.
- Although exercise may be painful at times, moderate workouts can have a positive impact. Some doctors say aerobic exercises three day a week for 20 minutes could ease symptoms.
- And how about medications?! Medication is available to improve blood volume and blood pressure. Doctors may prescribe beta blockers, midodrone, or antidepressants.
Fortunately, many patients are able to return to their pre-POTS state. Talk with your doc—they’ll be able to help!