What is POTS?
POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. This rare form of dysautomonia affects between 1,000,000 and 3,000,000 Americans and millions more worldwide. POTS is a condition that affects people when they change from a supine position to an upright position that results in an abnormally large increase in heart rate called tachycardia. It is characterized by the body's inability to make the necessary adjustments to counteract gravity when standing up.
What is POTS?
When we interview EMTs and other first responders for the Lauren’s Hope blog, it’s usually to get their front-lines perspective on what works best in an emergency when it comes to medical alert jewelry. For instance, a firefighter we interviewed explained that medical condition tattoos are generally quite ineffective because EMTs simply don’t look for them, they’re hard to see in some scenarios, and so many people have tattoos that a medical tattoo simply would not stand out. Others have explained that having your child wear an ICE (In Case of Emergency) ID is a great idea even for kids without medical concerns because kids don’t carry identification cards, and having that ICE information handy enables faster parent and caregiver notifications in an emergency.
This post is brought to you by a very special customer of ours, MaryJo Prado. MaryJo and her daughter, Francessca, have P.O.T.S. and have written this informative post full of details on this condition and resources anyone with P.O.T.S. may find useful.