Support for the POTS population

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a cardiac condition that touches as many as 500,000 Americans. Recently, Parkview introduced a new resource for those impacted by POTS in the area. We asked Treva Strasen, NP, Parkview Heart Institute, to tell us more.

Defining POTS.
POTS is an autonomic dysfunction which causes a rapid heart rate triggered by the action of standing up. There are a variety of symptoms associated with the disorder, including a fast heart rate, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, insomnia, digestive problems, difficulty concentrating, depression and anxiety. It most commonly affects women between the ages of 14 and 25. Many patients with POTS have other autoimmune disorders, making it difficult to diagnose and treat. We are working to reduce the negative impact of the illness through focusing on recovery with education, social support, and learning healthy lifestyle practices.

The support group.
The Parkview Heart Institute is offering a new support group for those diagnosed with POTS or Dysautonomia. We are having monthly meetings to educate and support participants in managing their symptoms and meeting their health goals.

The group meets the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive, Entrance 1, Conference Rooms B and C, Fort Wayne, In 46845*.

For more information, call (260) 266-2553 or email POTS_Support@parkview.com

 

*Our September 14 meeting will be held at the Parkview Family Park Pavilion, on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus.

 

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