Exercise is a recommended component of treatment for any autonomic disorder including POTS. Your doctor or physical therapist will assign goals and stipulate target heart ranges to achieve but not exceed.
If you are exercising at home, you will likely need a “workout buddy” so you are not alone if you experience any negative symptoms. This is especially important if you’ll be at a local gym. A knowledgeable personal trainer or physical therapist is invaluable to your progress, and many hospitals maintain rehabilitation facilities that employ such people.
Such a setting also allows for vital signs to be monitored during your workout, data that is valuable to your physician in assessing your progress. In cases of severe deconditioning, a brief stay in an in-patient physical therapy program is an option as well.
Unless your physical therapist or personal trainer understands POTS, you could be assigned inappropriate upright exercises like walking on a treadmill or riding an upright exercise bike.
The best exercises are those that cause no orthostatic stress. Reclined stretches, yoga positions, and weight lifting as well as seated exercises on recumbent bikes or rowing machines are good choices, as is swimming.
The patient must build up tolerance over time and should not attempt upright exercises for several months. (Note that this varies from case to case.)
Dysautonomia International provides the following home exercises tips. REMEMBER, never start an exercise program without consulting your doctor!
Good collection of information for those newly diagnosed. Only wish we had more for those of us older patients 20-50 age range. Truly believe it is hereditary and research should continue to look there. Overall great read to sort out the mess of what POTS is.
Thank Heavens for this book! I was recently diagnosed …,
Thank Heavens for this book! I was recently diagnosed with dysautonomia and POTS after living with it for nearly 55 years. I had no idea I had such a thing; never heard of it. But then after I was diagnosed I found I still had no idea how to LIVE with it. Then I had a crisis and found myself on the floor….again. That was when I began to research this topic and found Amazon had books and even medical assist items for this. When the book came I sat right down and devoured it! Now, I know I can have a life again, that it is rare, but manageable with a few tips and tricks listed in the book. Thank you so much for writing a book that lay people can understand. I plan on buying another for my doctor and then more copies for all those docs who did not know what I had and called me crazy!!
I had already read a lot of this information over the last couple of years, but…
I had already read a lot of this information over the last couple of years, but it was a good refresher for me and would be good for someone newly diagnosed. I was really blown away by how much effort the author put into understanding his niece’s condition. Great uncle! I read a lot of these short Kindle ebooks especially on health issues and this one was a lot better writing quality and content than many I have tried.
Great information on POTS
I have a friend who has been diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), or dysautonomia. I had absolutely no idea what this was or how I could possibly be supportive, so I went searching for more information. I came across this very detailed and informative book by Frederick Earlstein. There is great information here about what POTS is, signs and symptoms, causes and treatment for it and tips for living with POTS. I particularly appreciated the information on living with POTS and the chapter on research on resources to get additional information. A very well-written and well-organized book on an elusive disorder.
Excellent book and easy to read for a medical information book yet has tons of information
A very helpful and easy to read book. Does a good job of covering signs and symptoms, causes and treatments, and living with POTS. Much better than most medical information books… highly recommended!