POTS: Why does my heart race when I stand up?

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 does my heart race when I stand up?” Or perhaps you are…

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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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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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The Levine Protocol For Exercising With POTS

Exercising with POTS is another lifestyle change you can make to improve your symptoms. You may be groaning, or you may be cheering, depending on how you view exercise. If you’re cheering–woo-hoo! I don’t need to convince you to exercise. But, if you’re groaning, hear me out. Exercise is arguably…

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Compression for POTS Syndrome: The benefits

I’ve gone over why you need a diet high in salt, and I’ve touched on the importance of water. Now I’m going to talk about the benefits of compression for POTS Syndrome and how this basic lifestyle change can lessen your symptoms. Whether it’s stockings, socks, or leggings, compression helps…

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POTS & Fluid Intake: How to stay hydrated

Along with salt, fluids are your new best friends. Why you may ask? Because with POTS it’s essential to increase fluid intake to stay hydrated and treat symptoms. In fact, it’s another basic POTS lifestyle change I’m going to share with you! Since you need to increase your salt intake,…

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High Salt Diet for POTS Treatment

If you have POTS, chances are, you need to eat more salt! And I mean, wayyy more salt! If you’re anything like me, you may have been wary of eating too much salt because we are constantly warned of the health dangers that come with consuming high sodium diets. While…

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