POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

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What is POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)?

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is a condition of orthostatic intolerance, in which a change from the supine position to an upright position causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate, called tachycardia.

What is it like to have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from POTS patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 41
20s 100
30s 85
40s 72
50s 47
60s 15
70+ 0


Distribution of females vs. males

91% Females
9% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 118
20-29 years 46
30-39 years 36
40-49 years 28
50-59 years 8
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 243
Not Diagnosed 43

These charts show data from POTS patients who have completed their condition history
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