Abby Drexler a contributing writer and media specialist for POTS Care who regularly produces content for a variety of health and wellness blogs shared with Healthy Lombard the following information about POTS.
What Is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome? Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is a condition that affects the human body’s circulatory system, including the blood vessels and heart. Patients refer to this condition as POTS syndrome, and it primarily affects females from the age of 15 to 50. However, it is possible for children to have POTS syndrome, and if a child has this condition, then their parents must understand how to manage the symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms Of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome?
This circulatory problem manifests with an assortment of symptoms that include:
- Light-headedness while standing
- Rapid heartbeat at various times
- Intermittent fainting episodes
- Cognitive difficulties
- Overall weakness
- Blurry vision
In children, this condition might begin after a viral illness or surgery, and it is often combined with other medical issues such as chronic headaches or irritable bowel disease. Diagnosing POTS in children is difficult because the symptoms are similar to the ones in other conditions such as anemia, hyperthyroidism or dehydration.
What Causes Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome?
The cause of POTS varies but can include these factors:
- Decrease in blood flow to the heart
- An unusually low blood volume
- An increase in heart rate to compensate for a low blood volume
- Constriction of the blood vessels
- Problems with neuropathy
- Chronic fatigue following an illness
Children with autoimmune disorders, diabetes mellitus or a gastrointestinal condition are more likely to have POTS as a secondary condition.