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(Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
Treatment in Charlotte
AMERICANS AND MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD ARE AFFECTED BY POTS.
OF POTS PATIENTS ARE FEMALE.
OF POTS PATIENTS ARE SO DISABLED THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO WORK OR GO TO SCHOOL.
What Sets Better Brain & Body Apart?
Better Brain & Body is a holistic human optimization and functional neurology clinic. We use state-of-the-art therapies and techniques to optimize and improve an individual's health from the ground up. Often, patients come to our clinic after they have searched for answers to their healing process without success. With a high effectiveness rate in the treatment of POTS and Dysautonomia, Dr. Alicia Brown stands at the forefront of Better Brain & Body, pioneering holistic treatments that get to the root cause of POTS symptoms, helping patients get their lives back in order, faster.
What Does POTS Stand For?
As cited in Johns Hopkins Medicine, Conditions and Diseases, POTS is an acronym that stands for:
Postural: related to the position of your body
Orthostatic: related to standing upright
Tachycardia: increased heart rate
Syndrome: a group of symptoms
POTS Syndrome: A REAL Condition
Before the 90s, POTS faced severe criticism from traditional medical practitioners as a legitimate medical condition due to the varying symptoms that can present themselves uniquely to each patient. Without a determined set of defining characteristics, many medical practitioners put POTS to the wayside or misdiagnose patients with anxiety due to a lack of awareness. While this unawareness is still present today, POTS is currently acknowledged by many reputable medical institutions, including the Mayo Clinic, as a legitimate and recognized medical syndrome.
POTS is most predominant in females (85% of cases). However, men and other individuals, regardless of age, gender, sex, race, or other demographic, can be susceptible to POTS.
According to Dysautonomia International, patients who contracted COVID-19 are at more risk of developing POTS. With up to 3 million people affected by POTS in the United States before the pandemic, the number of individuals with POTS post-covid is up to a staggering 6 million. Interestingly, Long COVID can present itself similarly to POTS and shares many similar symptoms. It is important to let your POTS specialist know if you have ever contracted COVID.
POTS Syndrome: Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed
Misdiagnosis of POTS is observed in patients at a staggering rate. According to Jessica Cooperrider et al., on average, patients wait up to four years to receive a proper POTS diagnosis, with most patients seeing up to seven medical health doctors before their diagnosis (2022). At Better Brain & Body, our doctors see and treat patients with POTS every day. If you are wondering where to start to find out the root cause of your symptoms, come to Better Brain & Body and let our team help you on your journey to a proper holistic recovery. Our cutting-edge diagnostics play an integral role in diagnosing conditions and developing proper treatment plans for each individual.
What is POTS Syndrome?
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) is a form of Dysautonomia. It is characterized by orthostatic intolerance that is associated with the presence of excessive tachycardia and an abnormally rapid heart rate upon standing. Simply put, POTS is a medical condition that comes with an onset of symptoms in response to a rapid increase in heart rate when assuming an upright posture or standing position. However, patients with POTS may experience many other symptoms besides symptoms coming from orthostatic intolerance (standing upright with symptoms). Below, we outline not all but many POTS symptoms.
POTS and Our Autonomic Nervous Systems
POTS is a syndrome that affects the regulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is responsible for involuntary actions not under conscious control, such as breathing, blood pressure, sweating, or blood regulation/flow. Blood flow regulation throughout the body is an essential ANS function we cannot control voluntarily. Blood flow regulation can, however, be disrupted by POTS and is often one of the primary causes of many of the symptoms of POTS. Dysregulation of blood flow and other contributing factors produce the following common POTS symptoms:
POTS Syndrome Symptoms
Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
Gastrointestinal symptoms (for example, nausea, cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea)
Shortness of breath
Head, neck, or chest discomfort
Coldness or pain in the extremities
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some patients can be bedridden or hospitalized, while others can still go about their day with mild symptoms.
POTS Syndrome Treatment
Unfortunately, there are only a few medications for the regulation of POTS symptoms, and there is no direct cure for POTS itself. Still, new and exciting clinical research shows the effectiveness of exercise and other brain-based therapies in symptom reduction and improvement in quality of life for patients with POTS. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and all the involuntary bodily functions that POTS may disturb start in the brain. Therefore, it is pivotal that we address the underlying issues at the source to improve the integrity of the ANS throughout the brain and body. There are treatment options out there that DO NOT include drugs or surgery. At Better Brain & Body, we understand that every patient's experience with POTS is unique, so each patient receives a personalized and custom-made treatment plan to address their condition's root cause(s). Check out our POTS blog post to learn more about the causes of POTS.
Getting Started on Your Journey
You can improve your everyday life by optimizing your brain and addressing the root causes of your POTS symptoms. At Better Brain & Body, we can help you find your footing and start a journey toward overall health and proper POTS management and relief with a clinic that understands POTS.
Give us a call or fill out the form below to get started. We will schedule you for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation with our lead POTS specialist, Dr. Alicia Brown, to discuss any questions you may have.
For a deeper dive into POTS Syndrome, check out our blog post below.
Bourne, Kate M et al. “Symptom Presentation and Access to Medical Care in Patients With Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: Role of Sex.” CJC open vol. 3,12 Suppl S44-S52. 4 Sep. 2021, doi:10.1016/j.cjco.2021.08.014 Cooperrider, Jessica et al. “A Survey-Based Study Examining Differences in Perception of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Between Patients and Primary Care Physicians.” Cureus vol. 14,10 e30167. 11 Oct. 2022, doi:10.7759/cureus.30167 https://www.ninds.nih.gov/health-information/disorders/dysautonomia#:~:text=The%20ANS%20is%20charge%20of,by%20problems%20with%20the%20ANS. Kesserwani, Hassan. “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Misdiagnosed as Anxiety: A Case Report with a Review of Therapy and Pathophysiology.” Cureus vol. 12,10 e10881. 10 Oct. 2020, doi:10.7759/cureus.10881 http://www.dysautonomiainternational.org/page.php?ID=2
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