Symptom 2. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS): Heart Palpitations
Heart palpitations are another common symptom experienced by POTS patients. These sensations feel like a rapid, fluttering, or pounding heartbeat and can be quite alarming.
Palpitations often result from the body’s attempt to compensate for the drop in blood pressure when standing up. The heart races to pump more blood and maintain an adequate supply to the brain and other vital organs. However, this overcompensation can cause distressing palpitations.
To manage heart palpitations, POTS patients should pay close attention to their triggers, as these may vary from person to person. Common triggers include caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and certain medications. Eliminating or reducing exposure to these substances can help alleviate palpitations.
In addition to identifying and avoiding triggers, some patients may find relief from heart palpitations by incorporating relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga, into their daily routine. These practices can help regulate the autonomic nervous system and reduce anxiety, which can contribute to palpitations.
It’s essential for individuals experiencing heart palpitations to consult with a healthcare professional, as these sensations may be indicative of an underlying heart condition. A thorough evaluation can help rule out more serious issues and ensure appropriate treatment. (2)