What is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)?

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition that affects circulation (blood flow). Is a form of dysautonomia. Dysautonomia is an umbrella term that effects over 70 million people in North America. It describes several medical conditions that cause a malfunction in the autonomic nervous system which controls the parts of the body that we can’t control such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of puplis of the eye, kidney function and temperature control for the body. The autonomic system automatically controls and regulates vital bodily functions and sympathetic nervous system (which activates the fight or flight response).

How to test for POTS? 

Heart rate is how many beats per minute your heart beats. Check HR in each position

  • Seated
  • Lying down
  • Standing

Heart rate should be the same in all positions. If there is an elevation in heart rate over 20-30 points when standing, that’s POTS. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.

Symptoms of POTS:

Neurological Symptoms Related to Blood Pooling

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep abnormalities

Pain Related to POTS

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hypersensitivity (skin, light, sound)

Gastrointestinal Symptoms of POTS

  • Gastroparesis (stomach paralysis)
  • Rapid gastric emptying

Treatment of POTS

  1. Low blood volume or hypovolemic….SALT 
  2. Inflammation in the blood vessels. Immunophore (zinc and quercetin), antihistamines…like raynauds in the blood vessels
  3. Adrenaline or hyper adrenergic…relax max, valarian, B12, magnesium. 
  4. Microcirculation….vitamin E and coenzyme Q10, carnitine, microcirculation herbs
  5. Neurogenic …B1, sulfate, salt, B12, CoQ10

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