Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Explained


DH, Staff Writer

P.O.T.S (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) is a heart condition.  POTS can cause high/low blood pressure, a low heart rate/ rapid heart rate. It causes chest pain and feels like your heart is being pinched extremely hard.  Almost 450,000 people in the United States suffer from this condition, usually females ages thirteen-fifty. Standing up quickly or standing in place for a long period of time can cause extreme dizziness or lightheaded. Long walks, standing in place for too long can cause one to faint. Some constantly feel exhausted, weak, nervous/jittery. 

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome affects people differently. Most have temperature deregulation where they get extremely hot or extremely cold within seconds may also be known as hot or cold flashes. This syndrome causes people to forget or have trouble focusing. Insomnia can be caused if one has this heart problem. Trouble sleeping, waking up several times during the night, or waking up with a rapid heart rate. People with this condition tend to lack exercise because too much physical activity can cause your heart to palpitate. Palpitations with the heart is when you feel you heart is beating really fast, fluttering or pounding. This can be caused by stress, exercise or a medical condition. Though heart palpitations are harmful, they may cause extreme chest pain. Not all people with this condition have the same symptoms but most get shakiness, tremors, or seto seizures.