Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome


Treating the Underlying Cause of POTS


Traditional treatment of POTS involves blood expansion (high doses of salt and medications), beta-blockers, and SSRI’s (antidepressants). At POTS Care, we find that symptomatic treatment is not effective for the majority of patients, it does nothing to treat the underlying medical cause of POTS. Patients can be left to continue to suffer, and even get worse on these treatments.

At POTS Care, we know that most cases of Idiopathic POTS (a form of dysautonomia) are secondary to medical conditions that have not yet been identified. These cases are not primarily due to lack of exercise, poor diet, laziness, or emotional weakness. This is a medical disorder with a medical cause. We work hard to locate the problems, so that treatment can begin at the source of the problem.

Although deconditioning, mood disorders, and hyperadrenergic symptoms (which can manifest as anxiety) often occur, these are usually secondary to the underlying medical condition. Treatment must begin at the source of illness for recovery. At POTS Care, we focus on identifying and treating the medical cause of Idiopathic POTS — not just treating the symptoms.

POTS Care is the only clinic devoted to locating and treating the underlying medical cause(s) of POTS.

Dr. Driscoll’s recovery from POTS