Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: A Consideration in Orthostatic Intolerance

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Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome may not be the first disorder that clinicians consider when they encounter a patient with orthostatic intolerance, but ignoring this possibility during a differential diagnosis can mean patients continue to experience unexplained dizziness, fatigue, syncope, and a variety of other related signs and symptoms. Arriving at the correct diagnosis will allow you to help patients manage the condition and return to the lives and activities they previously enjoyed.



CE/CME No: CR-1404

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Define postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
• List the presenting signs and symptoms of POTS.
• Differentiate POTS from other causes of orthostatic intolerance.
• Explain the common classifications of POTS.
• Enumerate the various referral and treatment options for the clinician to consider when a patient meets the criteria for POTS.

Molly Paulson is an Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The author has no financial disclosures to report.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of April 2014.

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