How To Stop Yourself From Fainting: 11 Maneuvers

How to stop yourself from fainting

Ever stand up too fast and feel like a blackout or fainting episode is imminent? As someone with POTS, I get this all the time. Although, I consider myself lucky that I don’t faint (usually!). But for others with POTS, vasovagal syncope, or other forms of orthostatic intolerance, fainting happens…

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Exercising With POTS: 12 Tips to Make it Easier

exercising with POTS

Exercising with POTS can be challenging. But it’s not impossible. Chances are, if you have POTS, you deal–or have dealt–with exercise intolerance to some degree or another. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there. I’ve been at the stage where my symptoms were so bad that I couldn’t run…

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VIM & VIGR Stylish Compression Socks Review

stylish compression socks

Recently, I tried VIM & VIGR compression socks, and my honest verdict is that I really really love them! If you’re looking for stylish compression socks with fun and fashionable patterns plus all the benefits of compression, then these are the socks for you!  I have been waiting for someone…

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What’s POTS? Why Your Heart Races When Standing

why does my heart race when I stand?

I talk so much about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) on this blog, but I haven’t yet dedicated a post to explaining what this syndrome is. Maybe you’ve just received a diagnosis, or maybe you’re asking yourself why your heart races when standing all of a sudden. Or perhaps you…

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How to Relieve POTS Symptoms During a Flare

how to relieve POTS symptoms in a flare

If you have POTS, then you know how awful it feels to be in a flare. You’ll want to try anything to potentially relieve your POTS symptoms and get back to feeling like yourself. Whether it’s just one day long, persists more than a week, or is seemingly constant, POTS…

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How to Survive the Heat With POTS

how to survive the. heat with POTS

It’s hot, hot, HOT in NYC! Ever since I got back last Friday, the temperatures have been rising relentlessly. This heatwave has really been putting my methods of controlling my POTS symptoms to the test! Do you struggle to survive the heat with POTS too? Don’t worry! I’ve got some…

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My Experience Buying a Rowing Machine

Rowing machine for exercising with POTS

That’s right, I purchased a rowing machine! I’ve thought about doing this for a while and even had one of my former professors recommend it, but I never took the plunge and got one. However, multiple factors came together recently that made NOW the perfect time to commit to buying…

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How to Calculate Your Levine Protocol Training Paces

If you’re using the Levine Protocol to improve exercise tolerance and build cardiovascular fitness with POTS, then you’ll need to know how to calculate your target heart rates for each training pace in the program. Sound daunting? That’s why I’m here! In this post, I’ll take you through all the…

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My Top 10 POTS Triggers To Avoid

As I begin writing this post on a nearly 90 degrees spring day in Upstate New York, I am reminded again how much the heat and humidity are POTS triggers that worsen my symptoms. My blood feels thick. I’m lethargic. I can see the discoloration in my feet from the…

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9 Tips For Monitoring Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

Self-monitoring blood pressure and heart rate at home

Self-monitoring blood pressure and heart rate is an important factor in monitoring multiple aspects of your health. It’s even more important if you have a chronic illness that affects either of these values or if you already have high or low blood pressure. Even training athletes can benefit from self-monitoring…

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