Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) - Dysautonomia

What is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)?

Here is a good description from the Cleveland Clinic Website. Click the link below for more information.

"Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition that causes your heart to beat faster than normal when you transition from sitting or lying down to standing up. It’s a type of orthostatic intolerance.

Each word of “postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome” has a meaning:

Postural: Related to the position of your body.

Orthostatic: Related to standing upright.

Tachycardia: A heart rate over 100 beats per minute.

Syndrome: A group of symptoms that happen together.

Normally, your body’s autonomic nervous system balances your heart rate and blood pressure to keep your blood flowing at a healthy pace, no matter what position your body is in. If you have POTS, your body can’t coordinate the balancing act of blood vessel constriction (squeezing) and heart rate response. This means that your body can’t keep your blood pressure steady and stable. This causes a variety of symptoms.

Each case of POTS is different. People with POTS may see symptoms come and go over a period of years. In most cases, with adjustments in diet, medications and physical activity, a person with POTS will experience an improvement in their quality of life.

"I just got diagnosed with POTS, what do I do?"

Here are the things that I have found to be helpful in my journey. Everyone is different and it is imporant to find what works for YOU. I am not a medical professional - seek appropriate medical care and advice.

I know this is so so much. But start with what you can do and add and try things to see what works and what doesn’t. 

How Biking Helped My POTS

I recorded this a few years ago to share how I went from being bedridden with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) to participating in a 63 mile bike race. That experience redefined my medical condition and my life.

I could not have progressed without the help of God and loved ones. I hope that if you are suffering from this or other conditions, that you can find hope for your future and all that lies ahead. Things can and do get better if you hold on and keep trying.

Other Resources

I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), a form of dysautonomia in 2017.

I want to share my experiences and be a voice of hope for those who suffer. If you "Google" POTS you will quickly be discouraged and find lots of things that will make you want to give up. But there is hope!

This website has a lot of great resources for those suffering with POTS or other forms of dysautonomia: and their Facebook Page:

If you live in Utah - here is a more local support page:

This is a great POTS story of hope: