24.09.2020

Not depression: what is the syndrome of postural orthostatic tachycardia?

Frequent dizziness, constant fatigue, nausea? These signs can be symptoms of many diseases. Some doctors tend to diagnose in these patients is depression, anxiety or panic disorder and other suspected viral infection.

In fact, the correct diagnosis in some cases we can deliver immediately or that is especially unpleasant, to put not possible at all. Some people are complaining of these symptoms, it turns out, suffer from a rare disease syndrome postural orthostatic tachycardia.

Syndrome postural orthostatic tachycardia is a rare disorder that is also called orthostatic intolerance. Its symptoms – dizziness, nausea, weakness – appear when you change the position of a horizontal, recumbent, vertical.

This time a person suffering from this syndrome, increases heart rate – the number of beats per minute may increase by 30. This is due to the fact that when you change the position of the body the heart does not receive enough blood. The frequency may remain elevated for 10 minutes after transition to the vertical position.

Women suffer from the syndrome of postural orthostatic tachycardia approximately 5 times more often than men – mainly the symptoms of this condition appear to them in 30-35 years.

The doctors face in their practice with the syndrome is not very common and therefore from the appearance of first symptoms to diagnosis is more than 4 years – during this time the patient is in search of truth visited more than five doctors. In most cases the doctors diagnose such people are not problems with the cardiovascular system, and mental disorders, believing that their symptoms are associated with panic attacks or anxiety disorders. This is largely due to the fact that before the appearance of the first signs of violations he did not complain of any heart problems.

At the moment it is still unclear what leads to the onset of the disease, but among the possible triggers scientists call a serious operation, infectious disease and even pregnancy.

A unified and effective treatment of the syndrome of postural orthostatic tachycardia does not exist. Patients will be advised to change lifestyle and nutrition – reduce salt intake, drink more fluids and try to eliminate caffeine and alcohol. In some cases it helps, however, a universal method has not been found yet.

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