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Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2015 Apr;28(2):157-9.

A survey-based analysis of symptoms in patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

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Department of Neurology, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.


Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a type of dysautonomia seen most commonly in young women and children. It is defined as an increase in heart rate of 30 beats per minute (bpm) or more within 10 minutes of standing in adults, or by 40 bpm or more in children in the absence of orthostatic hypotension. In addition to typical autonomic symptoms, POTS patients report a wide range of subjective complaints in multiple organ systems, though the exact frequencies are unclear. To address the symptom frequency, we had 39 patients with POTS at our institution complete an intake form consisting of a list of 37 symptoms. The most frequently reported symptoms included palpitations, lightheadedness, and headache, although sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal complaints, sensitivity to temperature, and rash were also common.

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