What is POTS?
POTS stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and is officially diagnosed when a patient’s heart rate increases by 30 beats per minute OR increases to 120 beats per minute or more on a tilt table test (after being tilted for up to 10 minutes). With young children, the diagnosis is made when the heart rate increases by 40 beats per minute.
This is considered a form of autonomic dysfunction, or dysautonomia.
Some patients are found to have an autoimmune process as a cause of their POTS, but many are not. Many of these patients are considered to have idiopathic POTS (not cause is known) and are treated symptomatically. We specialize in cases of idiopathic POTS and begin by evaluating all of your symptoms to locate the underlying cause(s). We believe that symptomatic treatment of POTS does not address the many co-morbid symptoms, but that a close analysis of these symptoms can provide clues as to the cause of your illness and need to be evaluated.