A good visual…

POTS, in summary,


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nora on February 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    How do you tell the difference between this and just ortho static hypotension?


    • They are very similar and you would need a Tilt Table Test to determine exactly what your body is doing under orthostatic stress. A cardiologist can order a TTT. Orthostatic hypotension is recognized mostly by a significant decrease in Blood Pressure upon sitting or standing. This can cause all the symptoms listed here on this site as well as the rapid heart rate. However, with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome — most patients don’t have this drop in BP when sitting/standing, but rather a very rapid increase in heart rate. (30+ BPM or more increase) . Some still may have a slight decrease in BP, but many actually have a slight increase. Usually with Orthostatic Hypotension, passing out is seen in most cases however with POTS patients, only about 30% actually pass out. Again, it’s best to get the proper testing done to determine exactly what you have because treatments are different for each subtype of Dysautonomia and getting the right treatment is VITAL. Thanks for reading!


  2. It would be great to turn this diagram into a laminated ‘card’ that people could just take out of their pocket or purse. What a great visual!!! Wonderful! It makes so much sense, and I believe that physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses would love love love to “see” this physiological explanation of dysautonomia. Thank you for finding it and posting it! Curious to know ~ how did you find it?


    • I agree! Would lessen the need for so much explaining, right? And would be beneficial in helping others understand. I found this diagram somewhere on the internet when searching for good POTS visuals, but I don’t remember the exact place. Thanks for your input!!


  3. I have this and I can say that this will come in handy when trying to explain what I have. Thanks


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