Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS is a disorder characterized by the clinical symptoms of orthostatic intolerance (OI). OI is a condition in which an excessively reduced amount of blood goes back to the heart after an individual stands up from a lying down position. The symptoms of OI are mainly light-headedness, sweating, tremor, fatigue, anxiety, palpitation, exercise intolerance, and near syncope on upright posture. Light-headedness or fainting comes with an unusual increase in heartbeat of more than 30bpm or that exceeds 120bpm within 10 minutes of rising. An Individual with POTS and other health problems that cause syncope can faint without any warning. POTS often begins after major surgery, trauma, and viral illness or after giving birth. These symptoms can lead to serious injuries, like broken bones, concussions, and brain injuries that affect the activities of an individual. To relieve this disorder, an individual with POTS must lie down to prevent further injuries.
Because of this unusual disorder, Hub City Service Dogs is committed to training service dogs and helping an individual with POTS survive their everyday lives. We train dogs to alert the individual in advance of faint so he/she can safely lie down before fainting. POTS alert dogs warn and give these individuals ample time to lie down so they could avoid dangerous falls. It is believed, but not yet known, that dogs can sense changes in the body related to a drop in blood pressure.
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