How to Spot POTS

POTS Syndrome can be easy to miss. Patients can sometimes suffer many years without properly being diagnosed.

1. Check The Symptoms of POTS

DizzinessExtreme FatigueConstipation/GastroparesisBrain Fog
FaintingMood DisordersSound SensitivityHeadaches
NauseaShortness of BreathHeat/Cold IntoleranceFlushing
Body PainLight SensitivityFast Heart RateTremors


2. Do Some Testing

When standing still for about 10 minutes, does your heart rate increase? If so, it could be
POTS Syndrome. The gold standard for an official diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic
Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a tilt table test. A positive diagnosis is made when your heart
rate increases by at least 30 beats per minute after a ten-minute tilt. Alternatively, you can
conduct a “poor man’s tilt table test” in your home that can give you a feel for your
tolerance to vertical posture.

  • Lay down for approximately 5-10 minutes, Remain perfectly relaxed.
  • Record your heart rate.
  • Then stand up and hold very still.
  • Record your heart rate after 5 minutes, and again at the 10-minute mark. Does it go up significantly?

3. Drop The Labels

Patients with POTS Syndrome are NOT hypochondriacs or anxiety patients. It’s not “all in their heads”. Their symptoms are REAL.

Living With POTS

POTS affects 1-3 million Americans. 1 out of every 100 teenagers is affected. POTS is most common in young women under 35 years old. This condition can affect daily activities such as eating, sleeping, standing, making plans, showering, and maintaining temperature. At POTS Care, we are dedicated to treating the underlying medical causes of POTS, not just the symptoms.

Post-COVID Longhaulers

Did you get COVID, but haven’t felt well since then? Do you have brain fog, fatigue, irregular heart rate or blood pressure? Does your heart rate tend to increase dramatically when you just stand up? You may have POTS caused by the virus.
You are not alone.

POTS can be triggered by COVID and other viruses. Some bacterial infections, physical or mental trauma, or high stress can also trigger this condition in those predisposed. Some patients are hypermobile(bendable), but not all. At POTS Care, we are intimately familiar with post-viral POTS. POTS Care is the only clinic dedicated to treating the underlying medical causes of POTS. COVID isn’t the cause of POTS — it’s the body’s abnormal response to the infection that is the cause of POTS. We dig deeply into every case to determine why the response was abnormal and address treatment from that direction. This is a total transformation in the treatment of POTS — something we call The Driscoll Approach™. Our Clinical Director, Dr. Diana Driscoll, was disabled by POTS for over ten years. Her research and personal suffering resulted not only in recovery but answers for others.

The Driscoll Approach™

POTS Care is the only clinic dedicated to treating the underlying medical causes of POTS, not just the symptoms. You can recover from POTS, but you cannot recover by simply treating the symptoms. Dr. Driscoll’s personal experience allows insight into symptoms that can be difficult for other doctors to understand.

The Driscoll Approach™ is a total transformation in POTS treatment. Every case of POTS is different — there are no cookie-cutter treatments at POTS Care. Instead, treatment is individualized utilizing the safest, lowest-risk methods possible.

Options for Care



30-minute phone consultation with Dr. Diana Driscoll, Optometrist and Clinical Director

Are you lost in your case? Do you need direction, advice, or encouragement? Although not a medical examination, Dr. Driscoll is a recovered patient, a researcher, and a practitioner and can offer high-level support. She can share her thoughts concerning Inflammatory POTS, IIH, family dynamics, school issues, validation, and recovery. Dr. Driscoll will also send you selected resources following your consultation that may help you.



Three month program to begin recovery including:

  • An app on your cell phone to guide you through Inflammatory POTS (what does the latest research tell us and how can this guide your recovery)
  • 30-minute consultation with Dr. Diana Driscoll
  • Biweekly audios by Dr. Diana Driscoll to educate, inform, and support
  • Over $500 in supplements that may offer you some immediate relief, even if your doctors have not yet identified your inflammation.
  • Heart rate variability monitor to help guide your recovery
  • A recovery journal/workbook
  • Guidance on exercise, sleep, and dietary planning
  • This package covers the commonalities in POTS patients including a tendency to develop abnormal intracranial pressure, parasympathetic nervous system problems, digestive issues, nutrient malabsorption, cognitive decline, immune disorders, and inflammatory states.
  • If you would like to approach POTS with as few medications as possible, or if you are not familiar with Inflammatory POTS, this POTS Care Package™ may be a great place to start.



This is an evaluation of your case to date, with specific guidance for you and your medical team. Not everyone can be a POTS expert nor up on the latest research. We will do this for you!

We will carefully evaluate your medical records to date (including blood work, your brain MRI if you’ve had one, and your ocular records) as well as over 200 potential symptoms and what these may mean.

We will offer specific thoughts and guidance based on your individual case with recommendations for further testing that your medical team can likely complete, differential diagnoses to consider, and ways you may be able to avoid invasive procedures. Are you extraordinarily sensitive? We will discuss that, as well as psychiatric symptoms that can be misinterpreted by those uninformed.



Full case evaluation with a treatment plan and two months of follow-up.
This includes:

  • A careful review of your previous medical records
  • Customized blood work
  • Ocular testing (non-invasive and can be completed by your eye doctor)
  • Two days of appointments with our team with two months of follow- up
  • Audio and workbook guidance continues for three months.
  • You will graduate from us with the knowledge, medicine, and power to not only recover from POTS, but to be healthier throughout your life.

Currently on a waiting list.