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Are Young Adults at Risk for POTS?

The short answer is “yes.” The majority of instances of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) appear during adolescence and early adulthood; however, the condition may affect people of any age. People of all ages may be diagnosed with POTS; however, it is more frequent in younger people.

POTS Defined

Dizziness, lightheadedness, weariness, and even fainting are among the symptoms of POTS, which is defined by an abnormal rise in heart rate while transitioning from lying down to standing up. It is unclear what triggers POTS, although autonomic nervous system dysfunction is a leading theory.

Risk Factors

There are a number of risk factors for POTS, and some of them may be more common in younger people.

  • Genetics: Those who have a family history with POTS are at a greater risk of developing the ailment themselves.
  • Autoimmune disorders: Autoimmune illnesses, which may afflict persons of any age but are often identified in those under the age of 40, have been linked to POTS. Infections: In children and young adults, viral infections may have a role in the development of POTS.
  • Trauma or surgery: Younger people who participate in strenuous physical activity may be at a higher risk for developing POTS after experiencing trauma, surgery, or considerable stress.
  • Hormonal changes: Some people may get POTS or have their symptoms get worse because of changes in hormones during youth and early adulthood.

What can I do?

POTS is not very common, and not all young people are at risk of getting it. If you or someone you know has signs of POTS, such as a fast heart rate when standing, feeling dizzy, or passing out, it’s important to see a doctor to get checked out and get a diagnosis. People with POTS can have a better quality of life if they are diagnosed and treated early and in the correct manner.