As part of our commitment we want to “speak up” and raise awareness about a medical condition about which there is so little known.
Normally when you sit or stand up, gravity pulls some of your blood down to your abdomen area, hands and feet.
In response your blood vessels quickly narrow and your heart rate increases slightly to maintain blood flow to the heart and brain and prevent blood pressure dropping.
This is all done without needing to think about it, by the autonomic nervous system – the nervous system in charge of automatic body functions.
In POTS the autonomic nervous system, does not work properly. There’s a drop in blood supply to the heart and the brain when you become upright and the heart races to compensate for this. Simply standing up can be a challenge for affected people as their body is unable to adjust to gravity.
This is a life altering and debilitating health condition. Just as with mental health illness, whilst this can be severely disabling, it isn’t visible.
POTS is due to an abnormal response by the autonomic (automatic) nervous system and is characterised by orthostatic intolerance (the development of symptoms when upright that are mostly relieved by lying down). Symptoms include palpitations, light headedness, fatigue, sweating, nausea, fainting and headaches and are associated with a persistent increase in heart rate from the lying to upright position.
Imagine having your heart rate going up to 170 and more on a regular basis throughout the day and your blood pressure dropping below 60 throughout the day.
Imagine how frightening that must be.
POTS is a chronic illness which means it is usually lifelong.
Despite its seriousness it is a condition about which so little is known and that includes among medical practitioners. It is for that reason raising awareness about POTS syndrome is so important.
Venters solicitors is standing up for POTS by raising awareness – the more people who know about this condition the more we will be able to support the many who so often suffer in silence.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.