Recognizing and treating POTS

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Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a disorder that can profoundly affect patients' quality of life. Its main characteristic is tachycardia on standing without a drop in blood pressure. Patients complain of lightheadedness and palpitations when upright, which sometimes leads to syncope. This can cause substantial functional disability, which may be economically devastating.

Despite these serious consequences for patients, diagnosis can be delayed up to 6 years.

In this episode, Dr. Satish Raj, author of the recent CMAJ narrative review article Diagnosis and management of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome talks to our hosts about difficulties in making the diagnosis of POTS, its complex range of comorbidities, how patients are typically affected by the syndrome and treatment options.

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