If you often feel dizzy or faint when you stand up, it may be a symptom of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). At Monmouth Functional Neurology Center, functional medicine specialist Dr. A.R. Scopelliti provides diagnostic evaluations and customized treatment plans to manage heart palpitations, fainting, and other symptoms of POTS Dysautonomia. Call the Eatontown, New Jersey, office to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for POTS Dysautonomia or book an appointment online today.
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition that causes your heart to beat faster than usual when you stand up after sitting or lying down.
Typically, when you change the position of your body, your autonomic nervous system regulates your blood pressure and heart rate. When you have POTS Dysautonomia, the process doesn’t work the way it should, resulting in elevated blood pressure and increased heart rate.
Adolescent girls and women aged 15-50 are more likely to develop POTS Dysautonomia than men. You may also be at risk for the condition if you have a history of viral or bacterial infections, physical trauma, or surgery.
Ongoing research also shows that people with a history of COVID-19 infections are also at increased risk for developing POTS.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Monmouth Functional Neurology Center if you have symptoms of POTS Dysautonomia, such as:
POTS symptoms can worsen when you’re overheated, standing for long periods, or during an illness, such as COVID-19.
Dr. Scopelliti reviews your symptoms and may order a tilt table test that measures your blood pressure and heart rate as your body changes positions. He might also request blood work and other diagnostic tests to rule out other conditions.
There’s no cure for POTS Dysautonomia, so Dr. Scopelliti customizes a care plan to help manage your symptoms. He takes a functional medicine approach to treatment that focuses on lifestyle and diet changes to regulate your blood pressure.
Regular exercise is an essential part of managing POTS Dysautonomia. Aerobic activities, like walking and swimming, can strengthen your muscles, improve blood circulation, and support your overall health.
You should also be mindful of how you move your body when transitioning from sitting or lying down to standing. Move slowly when changing positions so your blood pressure has time to adjust.
If your POTS symptoms result from low blood volume, you may need to drink more fluids and increase your salt intake.
Avoid large meals and eat several smaller meals throughout the day. That prevents blood from rushing to your stomach for digestion, which can trigger POTS symptoms.
Call Monmouth Functional Neurology Center to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for POTS Dysautonomia or book an appointment online today.