POTS: What is it and how do we heal from it?
My amazing friend and colleague Dr. Christina Morgan now has her incredible dissertation on POTS available on her site for those that want to read. Truly fascinating and incredibly in-depth. A great source on treating POTS holistically and naturally.
I touched on this topic briefly a few years ago but I knew Christina would be writing this paper, so I was eagerly waiting for that so I could share a MUCH better view on this issue.
What is POTS?
POTS (or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) is a syndrome that is a “form of dysautonomia that affects the flow of blood through the body, thereby causing dizziness when standing. Technically, someone has POTS if their heart rate increases by 30 beats per minute or their heart rate is greater than 120 beats per minute within 10 minutes of standing up.”(source)
Most POTS sufferers are women that are of child-bearing age. There seems to be a huge correlation between hormonal imbalance and POTS (cough, adrenal fatigue, cough). POTS is also common in those with Lyme disease, anemia, and Ehlers-Danlos.
Symptoms of POTS
The most common symptoms of POTS are dizziness upon standing and fatigue, but other symptoms include:
- Chest Pains
- Heart Palpitations
- Shortness of Breath
- Brain Fog
- Sweating Abnormalities
- Bladder Dysfunction