Topics: Symptoms, Cardiology, Dizziness Pages: 2 (907 words) Published: March 17, 2013
The disease I am doing my paper on Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, otherwise known as P.O.T.S. This disease causes the person who has it to have an increased heart rate whenever they are standing up. Also they get light headed and have horrible headaches. I chose this disease because I just found out that I have it this year and I do not know much about it so I wanted to do this paper on it so I could learn new things about it. POTS was Named and identified by Schondorf and Low in 1993. But the symptoms for this disease have been recorded as early as 1940. At first it was just thought to be migraines and they didn’t look into it much after that because there was no reason to if it was just migraines. This disease is most likely to be found in a woman instead of a man. There is a 5 to 1 ratio that I find incredible. No one really knows why it is this way it just is. The cause of POTS is unknown at this point but they are trying to look into it more to find out what causes this disease. They do know that it is mostly found in teenagers and in most cases it goes away when they are in their 20s. Some people may develop POTS after a viral infection or during or after a pregnancy, my doctor also told me that he has had a lot of his patients that have POTS have had a concussion in the past year. The symptoms are lightheadedness, exercise tolerance, extreme fatigue, fainting, extreme thirst, headaches, chest pain, and fast heart rate. These symptoms usually occur when the person is standing. During a physical activity that causes the heart to race it makes the symptoms even worse and that is when the person is most likely to pass out from this disease. These symptoms like headaches for example can also happen when you are just sitting down to and they can get very bad. The cause of this is blood pooling in the legs to were when you stand up blood dose not flow evenly and not enough...
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