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Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS)


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The main symptoms of postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) are dizziness, almost fainting and noticeable heartbeats when you stand up.

There's no clear cause of postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS). Some things can make symptoms worse, such as feeling hot or not drinking enough.

It takes time to be diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS). A GP may check your blood pressure and heart rate before and after you stand.

Treatment for postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) focuses on making lifestyle changes to control your symptoms. You may also be prescribed medicines.

There are things you can do to help postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) symptoms, such as lying down and raising your legs, or lifestyle changes.

Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) is where your heart rate increases very quickly after getting up from sitting or lying down.

Page last reviewed: 26/01/2023
Next review due: 26/01/2026