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POTS Syndrome, an Invisible Disease

Posted by on Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS, dizziness upon standing, is often called “the invisible illness” – and nearly every symptom is subjective.  It’s important to remember that although dizziness is the trademark symptom, POTS does a lot more than just make someone dizzy.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is largely misunderstood by nearly everyone, including many doctors. So far,  only a small number of Functional Medicine physicians are probably aware and educated about POTS.  

What Is POTS Syndrome?

POTS is a form of Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)  dysregulation or malfunction that affects the flow of blood throughout the body, thereby causing orthostatic hypotension mostly manifesting as dizziness when standing up. 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.  Needless to say, this can be an alarming reaction for someone for something as simple as getting out of a chair.

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