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What is POTS?

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is one of a group of disorders that have orthostatic intolerance (OI) as their primary symptom. OI describes a condition in which an excessively reduced volume of blood returns to the heart after an individual stands up from a lying down position.

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WHO IS AT RISK

Anyone at any age can develop POTS, but the majority of individuals affected (between 75 and 80 percent) are women between the ages of 15 to 50 years of age. Some women report an increase in episodes of POTS right before their menstrual periods. POTS often begins after a pregnancy, major surgery, trauma, or a viral illness. It may make individuals unable to exercise because the activity brings on fainting spells or dizziness. Read more

TREATMENT

Therapies for POTS are targeted at relieving low blood volume or regulating circulatory problems that could be causing the disorder. No single treatment has been found to be effect for all. A number of drugs seem to be effective in the short term. Whether they help in long term is uncertain. Simple interventions such as adding extra salt to the diet and attention to adequate fluid intake are often effective. The drugs fludrocortisone…Read more

Research

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct research related to POTS and support additional research through grants to major research institutions across the country. Much of this research focuses on finding better ways to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure disorders such as POTS. NINDS-funded researchers are investigating if low levels of the hormone…Read more

OUR MISSION

The Mission of the Virginia Lounsbury Foundation for POTS Research is to raise awareness and support the research of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Specifically, the Foundation seeks to raise donations to support the research work of Dr. Blair P. Grubb at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
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OUR GOALS

All patients deserve their physician’s time, attention and respect. All patients deserve the best. The goal of the Virginia Lounsbury Foundation for POTS Research and the University of Toledo Medical Center is to assist Dr. Grubb in his P.O.T.S. research.

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