Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) produces dizziness with standing and activity. It is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system (the autonomic nervous system controls functions that occur automatically like heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, sweating). Other symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headaches and fainting.
We do not know what exactly causes POTS but it may come on suddenly after a viral illness, pregnancy, surgery or an injury. Many times there is no trigger. A significant percentage of people have an underlying genetic disorder of connective tissues called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).
POTS is rather common, first showing up in adolescence or age 20-40. Both genders can be affected but POTS is more common in women. Fortunately, there is growing awareness of POTS, but even so many patients are told they are just anxious or there is nothing wrong with them.
Dr. Saperstein has diagnosed and managed over 2,500 patients with POTS. Here at the Center, we will help you deal with a potentially debilitating condition.