What is POTS?
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is not a specific disease but a syndrome which is a collection of symptoms. It is clinically defined as a heart rate increase of 30 beats per minute or more from the lying down to the standing position within 10 minutes or less. The diagnosis for POTS is usually established when a patient fails the Tilt Table Test: patients usually experience extremely rapid heart rate increase (Tachycardia) over 100 bpm and/or have significant changes in blood pressure. Some patients pass out (syncope). The reason for this problem is a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (dysautonomia).
POTS symptoms are widespread and can vary from day-to-day, because the autonomic nervous system plays an extensive role in regulating functions throughout the body.
Common Symptoms of POTS
The goal of this program is to gain control of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and thereby directly addressing the dysautonomia. When a person has dysautonomia, symptoms are caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system (they are stuck in “fight or flight” mode). This program uses techniques to engage the parasympathetic nervous system (the relaxation response) which promotes greater balance within the ANS and lessens symptoms. This is done without medication and is therefore more appropriate for these patients, since they tend to have difficulties with taking medication. Patients are eventually able to re-establish an automatic thermostat within their body that controls their bodily functions. Advanced technology has made it possible to train the brain to self regulate and balance the ANS.
- Regulation of Heart Rate
- Physiological Stress Management
- Relaxation Training
- Better Sleep
- Exercise Management
POTS Treatment Programs:
Patients travel to the center for two weeks to attend the the two week accelerated program. The program is Monday-Friday, and sessions last 3-6 hours per day, depending on the program chosen. For more information click here: Treatment Options.