SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a condition that affects blood flow. It is caused by a defect in the autonomic system where blood pools in the lower part of the body reducing blood flow to the heart and brain.

Symptoms include:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Exercise intolerance


This is a condition that normally develops later in life and it affects 1 to 3 million Americans. It also seems to affect young women mostly.

Some of the causes are post-infection, damage to small nerves that regulate constriction of blood vessels, high levels of stress hormones, and is associated with connective tissues disorders.


  • Drink at least 80 oz water daily
  • 3-10 mg of salt intake daily
  • Exercise
  • Medications
  • Compression stockings